LONDON (Web Desk) – Newly elected London mayor Sadiq Khan said on Wednesday that he was not a Muslim leader and represented everyone in the city.
“Let me be very clear, I’m not a Muslim leader or Muslims’ spokesperson, I’m the mayor of London. I speak for all Londoners,” the 45-year-old said in a wide-ranging media briefing.
Khan, the son of Pakistani immigrants, added however that his election proved “that it’s possible to be a Muslim and a Westerner. Western values are compatible with Islam”.
He repeated his criticism of the presumptive US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has proposed banning all Muslims from entering the United States, a foreign news agency reported.
Khan, a member of Britain’s opposition Labour party, said Trump was “ignorant about Islam” and was “playing into the hands of the extremists”.