India on Thursday denied the controversial statements made by the arrested and expelled Bharatiya Janata Party leaders against the Prophet Muhammad, which were brought up in discussions with the Iranian Foreign Minister during his visit to the national capital.
The center emphasized that the statements did not reflect the views of the government. “We have made it clear that the tweets and comments do not reflect the views of the government,” Foreign Affairs Ministry spokeswoman Arindam Bagci said at a media briefing.
The comment comes after an Iranian reading reported that Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian raised the issue of controversial statements about the Prophet Muhammad during a meeting with the National Security Agency (NSA) Ajit Doval on Wednesday. According to the statement, Duvall emphasized that “the perpetrators will be dealt with in such a way that others learn a lesson.”
Abdullahian, who was on a three-day visit to India to boost bilateral ties, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. “I am pleased to meet Prime Minister Modi, Foreign Minister Jaishankar and other Indian officials to advance our bilateral strategic dialogue. Tehran and New Delhi agree on the need to respect the heavenly religions and Islamic sanctities and avoid divisive statements. Iran and India are determined to take relations to new heights,” he said in a tweet on Twitter.
We are pleased to meet with Prime Minister Modi, Foreign Minister Jaishankar and other Indian officials to advance our bilateral strategic dialogue.
Tehran and New Delhi agree on the need to respect the heavenly religions and Islamic sanctities and to avoid divisive statements.
🇮🇷🇮🇳 Determined to bring relationships to new heights.
– Hassan Amir Abdollahian Amir Abdollahian 8 June 2022
When asked about the statement, Baggie told reporters that the reading had been withdrawn. The issue of statements against the Prophet between Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and the Iranian Foreign Minister was not brought up. This was conveyed to our interlocutors as well as the fact that the relevant authorities have taken action against those who made the comments and tweets. I don’t have anything more to say about this,” he said.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday suspended its national spokesperson Nupur Sharma and Delhi Unit Media Director Navin Jindal for allegedly making insulting comments to the Prophet.
(with input from PTI)
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