The Iranian Foreign Ministry has lambasted the stance adopted by French authorities on insulting Muslims and the noble religion of Islam in the European country, saying such policies would fail to counter extremism and instead breed hatred.
The Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh denounced on Saturday the unjustifiable position of the French authorities on insulting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his followers, saying the move was not a tactful response to radicalism and violence and would lead to hate-mongering more than ever before.
French President Emmanuel Macron has in recent weeks attacked Islam and the Muslim community, accusing Muslims of “separatism,” and claiming that “Islam is a religion in crisis all over the world.”
Macron has also approved the publication of blasphemous cartoons of Prophet Muhammad and stressed that his country would not give up the insulting cartoons despite harsh criticisms from Muslims.
“Undoubtedly, the unacceptable and violent actions taken by a few extremists originated from a radical and deviant ideology in the Muslim world, and the ideology which is also owned by politicians close to the West and the United States can in no way justify insult and disrespect for the heavenly character venerated by one billion and eight hundred million Muslims across the world,” Khatibzadeh said.
“Definitely, the unjustifiable position of the French authorities is not an appropriate and prudent response to extremism and violence, which is condemned in its place, and causes more and more hatred,” he added.
The spokesman also lashed out at a number of suspicious and deplorable moves in insulting the Qur’an by a few anti-Muslim extremists in the European countries.
Announcing support for the position of Muslim countries in condemning such actions, Khatibzadeh called the insult to Islamic values and beliefs of Muslims unacceptable.