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Iran: Zarif accuses France of "fueling extremism"

2020-10-26T15:41:52.313Z

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused France of " fueling extremism " on Monday, October 26 , after President Emmanuel Macron's recent remarks on " Islamist separatism " and on freedom of expression to caricature the Prophet Muhammad. Read also: Erdogan mobilizes Islamists against France " Insulting 1.9 billion Muslims - and their sacred elements - because of the horrific crimes



Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused France of "

fueling extremism

"

on Monday, October 26

, after President Emmanuel Macron's recent remarks on "

Islamist separatism

" and on freedom of expression to caricature the Prophet Muhammad.

Read also: Erdogan mobilizes Islamists against France

"

Insulting 1.9 billion Muslims - and their sacred elements - because of the horrific crimes of such extremists is an opportunistic abuse of freedom of expression,

" the Iranian

foreign

minister tweeted on Monday.

It only fuels extremism.

According to him, "

Muslims are the first victims of the 'cult of hatred' - endorsed by colonialist regimes and disseminated by their affiliates

."

Emmanuel Macron spoke on Wednesday during the tribute ceremony to Samuel Paty, a teacher beheaded in an Islamist attack for showing these drawings in class.

He then promised that France would continue to defend the publication of these cartoons, and repeated it.

We will continue.

We respect all differences in a spirit of peace.

We never accept hate speech and defend reasonable debate

, ”the French head of state tweeted on Sunday evening, including in Arabic and English.

Read also: The Italian Prime Minister condemns Erdogan's "unacceptable" remarks against Macron

His statements led this weekend in many Muslim-majority countries to criticism from leaders and demonstrations, but also calls to boycott French products.

In Iran, the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani considered on Twitter that Emmanuel Macron's statements showed "

his lack of experience in politics, otherwise he would not have dared to insult Islam within the framework of its quest for a leading position in Europe

”.

He advised the French president to "

take more interest in history

" and not to count on "the

support of an America in decline or (of an Israel) in decrepitude

".

The Speaker of Parliament Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf deplored France's “

senseless animosity

” towards the prophet, believing that his words and his “

light cannot be erased by such blind, futile and inhuman acts

”.

Advisor to the Iranian Supreme Leader for foreign policy affairs, Ali Akbar Vélayati said in a statement that the cartoons should not have been able to be republished after “

the global condemnation

” of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Applying a double standard has also resulted in the manifestation in the (French) education system of this heretical and anti-religious thought

,” he continued.

Source: lefigaro

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