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WATCH LIVE: State Department spokesman Ned Price holds press conference


State Department spokesman Ned Price holds a news conference Monday as Muslim-majority countries continue to slam India for insulting remarks about Islam.

The event is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. ET. Look in the player above.

India is facing major diplomatic outrage from Muslim-majority countries after senior officials from the ruling Hindu nationalist party made derogatory references to Islam and the Prophet Muhammad, prompting accusations of blasphemy in some Arab countries that left New Delhi struggling to contain the harmful fallout.

At least five Arab nations lodged formal protests against India, and Pakistan and Afghanistan also reacted strongly on Monday to comments from two prominent spokespersons for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata party. Anger spilled onto social media and calls to boycott Indian products surfaced in some Arab countries. At home, it has led to protests against Modi’s party in parts of the country.

The controversial remarks follow growing violence targeting India’s Muslim minority led by Hindu nationalists who have been emboldened by Modi’s regular silence on such attacks since his first election in 2014.

This is a developing story and will be updated.


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