An Islamic scholar who is visiting Dublin, and has been described as extremist by two leading Irish Muslims, has said he "always encourages young people not to go fighting and I call on youth not to participate in violence".

Speaking through an interpreter to The Irish Times before Friday prayers at the Dublin Mosque, on the city's South Circular Road, Dr Khaled Alotaibi pointed out that he had worked in co-operation with the US and UK governments on deradicalisation programmes.

If his views were problematic, he asked, "why am I in charge of a programme at Guantánamo. Why do the US and UK governments' trust me?"

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