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Kuwait and Qatar summon Indian envoys over Bjp leaders’ controversial statements, India says latest remarks made by ‘fringe elements’


Qatar’s Foreign Ministry has summoned Indian Ambassador Deepak Mittal to explain recent controversial statements made about the Prophet Muhammad by politicians, against which action has subsequently been taken.

Later, Kuwait’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement indicating that it had also summoned the Indian Ambassador, where he met with the Deputy Foreign Minister, who handed him an official protest note expressing Kuwait’s “categorical rejection and condemnation of offensive statements” against the Prophet, Islam and Muslims, issued by ruling party officials.

Earlier in the day, the BJP suspended its national spokesperson Nupur Sharma after his remarks against the Prophet Muhammad and expelled the party’s Delhi media officer, Naveen Kumar Jindal, saying his online views violate his core beliefs. and also vitiate the community. harmony.

The spokesperson for the Indian Embassy in Qatar said the ambassador had a meeting at the Foreign Ministry, where concerns were raised over some offensive tweets from individuals in India disparaging the religious figure.

The ambassador informed that the tweets did not reflect the views of the Indian government and were the views of fringe elements. “In line with our civilizational heritage and strong cultural traditions of unity in diversity, the Government of India gives utmost respect to all religions,” the statement said, adding that strong action has already been taken against those who have made such derogatory remarks.

A declaration was also sent out to the circles concerned insisting on respect for all religions, denouncing the insult to any religious personality or degrading any religion or sect.

“The vested interests that are against Indo-Qatari relations have prompted people to use these derogatory comments. We should work together against these malicious elements that aim to undermine the strength of our bilateral relations,” the statement said.

The Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry said that while it welcomed the statement issued by the BJP regarding the suspension of the official, it demanded “a public apology for the hostile statements, the continuation of which, without deterrence or punishment, will constitute aspects growing extremism and hatred and undermining elements of moderation, noting that the publication of such statements reflects a clear ignorance of the Islamic religion’s message of peace and tolerance,” the statement said. It added that Islam has played a great role in building civilizations in all countries of the world including India.

Following her suspension, Sharma released a statement on Twitter, in which she unconditionally retracted her statement made during a televised debate and said that she never intended to hurt anyone’s religious feelings. it would be.

First post: STI


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