Jonas Gahr Støre believes an important responsibility to curb extremism in Norway rests upon the shoulders of Muslim leaders.
The politician said to the newspaper “Dagsavisen”: “Being a big society, we have a common responsibility to prevent [extremism].”
Støre believes preventing extremism happens in everyday life – among friends, families, associations, and religious circles.
He advised Muslim leaders should be careful when influencing the choices of people, and said: “An important responsibility rests upon the shoulders of the mosque, and I want to encourage leaders to take this responsibility seriously, preferably in a good dialogue with the local police.”
Støre says: “Muslims in Norway are just as clear on marking their distance from violence and terror as others. They don't deserve to be suspiciously looked upon because of their faith.”