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Post-meeting with Ajit Doval, Iran takes down its statement on the Prophet row

BP World Bureau | Jun 10 2022 12:52:46 PM
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The Iran government has taken down its statement on Thursday and replaced it with another today saying quoting National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval as communicating action against the BJP leaders who made the contentious comments on Prophet Muhammad would be a "lesson for others".

The new statement, they have put up after the meeting of Iran Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and Ajit Doval, read, "reiterating the respect of the Indian government and officials for the Holy Prophet, saying that it will be treated as a lesson for others".

It conveyed Mr Doval "stressed the need for a comprehensive expansion of relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and India" and "expressed the Indian Government readiness to develop relations at all levels in bilateral, multilateral, regional and international dimensions".

Iranian Foreign Minister Abdollahian is the first major visitor from Iran after the country joined Kuwait, Qatar and other Gulf nations in condemning the comments made against the Prophet. 

"Pleased to meet PM Modi, FM Jaishankar and other Indian officials to advance our bilateral strategic dialogue. Tehran & New Delhi agree on the need to respect divine religions & Islamic sanctities & to avoid divisive statements. determined to bring relations to new heights," the minister tweeted after the meeting.

The External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi emphasised that the Prophet remarks were never raised in discussions with Foreign Minister S Jaishankar. "We have made it pretty clear the tweets and comments do not convey the views of the government. This has been conveyed to our interlocutors as also the fact that action has been taken by the concerned quarters against those who made the comments and tweets. I really do not have anything additional to say on this," he said.

On asked about the Iran statement on Mr Doval, the spokesperson said: "My understanding is that what you are referring to in a readout has been pulled down."

Several other countries, including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Indonesia, Jordan, Bahrain, Maldives, Malaysia, Oman, Iraq and Libya, condemned the comments and many called Indian envoys to express their condemnation.