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UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

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UAE condemns India BJP statements insulting Prophet Muhammad

 

The UAE has condemned statements by the spokesperson for the Indian Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), expressing its denunciation of insults of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) affirmed the UAE’s firm rejection of all practices and behaviors that contradict moral and human values ​​and principles.

The ministry underscored the need to respect religious symbols and not violate them, as well as confront hate speech and violence.

The ministry also noted the importance of strengthening the shared international responsibility to spread the values ​​of tolerance and human coexistence while preventing any practices that would inflame the sentiment of followers of different religions.

At the centre of this controversy is Nupur Sharma, spokesperson of the Hindu nationalist BJP. Sharma made the remark in a televised debate last month, and videos of her statement had gone viral. Naveen Jindal, media head of BJP in Delhi, also posted a provocative tweet on the issue.

Expatmedia.net is not repeating the remarks as they are offensive in nature.

The controversial comments made by the two senior officials of BJP have caused a diplomatic disaster in India, with the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Iraq, Jordan, Bahrain, Libya among the growing list of countries that have condemned the remarks.

Earlier, Kuwait, Iran and Qatar called on Indian ambassadors to register their protest.

Hate speech and attacks against Muslims have risen sharply since the BJP came to power in 2014, said critics of the Hindu nationalist party. ICA/Expat Media


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