Lord Ahmad, who also signed the letter, also rejected the criticism. He told Sky News: “This is a positive initiative from the Government, it’s not seeking to target any particular community.
“It’s reaching out across the board, across the country, to say we want to tackle this issue of extremism.”
EU foreign ministers, including Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, met today in Brussels to discuss the terror threat in Europe. Building an alliance – including with Muslim countries – was high on the agenda.
Mr Hammond said: “The Muslim countries of the world are the ones who have suffered the greatest burden of terrorism and they will continue to be in the frontlines.