Malcolm Turnbull has said he condemns the views of, and regrets inviting to his Iftar dinner, a sheikh who has delivered homophobic sermons claiming gay people spread disease.

On Thursday, Turnbull warned against the community being divided by acts of terrorism at an Iftar dinner to break the Ramadan fast at Kirribilli House. It was the first such dinner hosted by a prime minister.

According to reports, the event was attended by Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman, a senior Islamic leader who has condemned homosexuality in sermons published on YouTube. In one, Alsuleiman blames homosexuality for "spreading diseases" and ­bringing about "evil outcomes to our society".

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