The head of Turkey's religious affairs on Thursday called on the Muslim world to reunite, saying it had become divided on the basis of race and denominations in recent years.

"The Muslim world was united under one banner a hundred years ago. However through a well-thought plan, which we are aware of, it was divided into 40 pieces," Ali Erbas said, in a meeting with the leaders of the American Muslim community at Diyanet Center of America (DCA) in Maryland.

"We should all be aware of this as history repeatedly shows us how this system of exploitation was created."

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