Insulting Muslims for ‘abhorrent crimes of such extremists is an opportunistic abuse of freedom of speech’, Iranian FM Zarif says.
Iran has accused France of fuelling “extremism” after President Emmanuel Macron defended the newsletter of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.
“Muslims are the important victims of the ‘cult of hatred’ – empowered by colonial regimes & exported by their own customers,” International Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted.
“Insulting 1.9B Muslims – & their sanctities – for the abhorrent crimes of such extremists is an opportunistic abuse of freedom of speech. It handiest fuels extremism,” he acknowledged.
Muslims are the important victims of the “cult of hatred”—empowered by colonial regimes & exported by their own customers.
Insulting 1.9B Muslims—& their sanctities—for the abhorrent crimes of such extremists is an opportunistic abuse of freedom of speech.
It handiest fuels extremism.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) October 26, 2020
It follows statements Macron made after a Chechen teen murdered a French trainer on October 16.
Macron acknowledged history trainer Samuel Paty modified into once beheaded for exhibiting caricatures of the prophet to pupils “because Islamists desire our future”.
On Sunday, Macron acknowledged in a tweet: “We isn’t very any longer going to present in, ever.”
“We attain no longer accept despise speech and defend reasonable debate,” the French leader added.
Macron has declared battle on “Islamist separatism”, which he acknowledged is taking on some Muslim communities in France.
Boycotts of French goods are below technique in supermarkets in Qatar and Kuwait.
Iran’s spiritual leaders agree without a longer called for a boycott of products from France. But several Iranian officials and politicians agree with condemned Macron for “Islamophobia”, in step with Iranian tell media.
Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, acknowledged Macron’s “irrational behaviour” displayed his “crudeness in politics”.
Shamkhani tweeted Macron’s comments showed “his lack of knowledge in politics, otherwise he set aside no longer agree with dared insult Islam”.
He instructed the French leader to “learn more history” and no longer rely on the “enhance of a declining American and deteriorating” Israel.
Parliament speaker Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf slammed France’s “silly enmity” with the Prophet Mohammed, and acknowledged his sayings and “mild can no longer be attach out with such blind, futile and anti-human acts”.
Ali Akbar Velayati, adviser to Iran’s supreme leader on distant places policy, acknowledged the sketch set aside no longer agree with been reprinted following “global condemnation” of France’s Charlie Hebdo satirical journal.
“We’ll have to agree with viewed … the obscene journal insulting the Prophet prevented from printing, nonetheless implementing double standards prompted this heretical and anti-spiritual thinking to additionally manifest itself within the nation’s education system,” he acknowledged in a issue.
Macron’s comments prompted protests in some Muslim-majority international locations with folks burning pictures of him in Syria and environment fire to French flags in Libya.