Jordan's King Abdullah urges EU to fight 'Islamophobia'

STRASBOURG (Reuters) - King Abdullah of Jordan urged Europeans on Tuesday to fight hostility towards Islam that he said was fuelling extremism among Muslims, including those drawn from Europe to fight in the Middle East.

Addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Abdullah praised Europe's "unbeatable courage" in responding to attacks such as those in Paris in January and likened the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group to Nazism - "an expansionist ideology based on hatred".

But in calling for cooperation to combat Islamist violence, the king, who attended commemorations for the slain French satirists of Charlie Hebdo but criticised the paper's use of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, said that European governments must promote "mutual respect" and an "inclusive society".

"Insulting other peoples and their faiths and their convictions, this is no way forward," he told a chamber that includes dozens of far-right members critical of Muslim immigration.

"Europe is an important partner in this effort, especially in helping to stop the global rise in Islamophobia."