“Terrorists are insane people”

You may be sure no leader in a Western democracy, home of free speech etc, would be allowed to say any of this. But the President of Kyrgystan can:

“Terrorists are insane people. . . .

“If you do not like Kyrgyzstan you can leave our country and go wherever you want.

“We can pay your travel expenses, even to Syria.”

The final comment is a reference to claims around 350 Kyrgyz citizens our fighting with jihadi groups in the country.

In 2014 President Atambayev said that it was not the Islamic traditions he had a problem with but more “Arabisation of society [and the] deprivation of the Kyrgyz nation of its language and traditions”.

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