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Trump victory could see 'clash of civilisations', warns Dubai security official

Published 11/03/2016 | 11:11

Donald Trump during the Republican presidential debate in Miami (AP)
Donald Trump during the Republican presidential debate in Miami (AP)

A victory for Donald Trump in the US presidential election could spark a "clash of civilisations", according to a senior security official in Dubai.

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Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, the deputy chairman of police and general security in Dubai, made the comment in a post on Twitter.

He wrote: "If Trump beats Hillary (Clinton), that means that the scenario of the clash of civilisations ... will come to light at the hands of the candidate and al-Baghdadi," referencing Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

In a Republican debate on Thursday night, Mr Trump refused to back away from his recent statement that "Islam hates the West", saying he would not change to be "politically correct".

Mr Trump has for years looked to do business in the Middle East, particularly in the Gulf and the emirate of Dubai.

He has lent his name to two high-profile Dubai golf course projects and an ongoing real estate development, and sought for years to expand his hotel chain into the region.

Since he called for a ban on Muslims entering the US in December, a Middle East company, the Dubai-based Landmark Group, said it would pull all Trump home decor products at its 180 Lifestyle stores in the region as it "values and respects the sentiments of its customers".

Newspaper columns and editorials in the region have roundly criticised Mr Trump comments.

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