Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu met with 14 year-old Ahmed Mohamed, the Muslim boy who was arrested after a teacher mistook his homemade clock for a bomb in the U.S.
Davutoglu is in the city for UN meetings. He met Ahmed In New York at an event organized by the Turken Foundation, which supports Turkish students studying in the U.S.
Turken Foundation, established in 2014 in the United States by Turkey’s two major foundations, Ensar Foundation (established in 1979) and TURGEV (established in 1996), assists eligible students by means of scholarship, accommodation and other cultural programs in order to improve their education process in the United States.
Ahmed’s father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, told Anadolu Agency the family was grateful for Turkey’s support. “What happened to my son is something ridiculous,” he said. “You accuse a Muslim because he is a Muslim. We need all this Islamophobia to stop.”
The student took a “selfie” with the Turkish premier and his wife Sare.
Ahmed’s arrest made international headlines on September 16 after a homemade clock he brought to the school was mistaken for a bomb.
His arrest was widely criticized and the charges against him were eventually dropped. Ahmed received messages of support from a number of high-profile figures including President Barack Obama, who he visited at the White House.