Confront Extremist Hindus: Iran Leader to India on Delhi Violence
“The govt of India should confront extremist Hindus & stop the massacre of Muslims,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday, 5 March, asked the Indian government to confront what he called "extremist Hindus and their parties", saying the hearts of Muslims all over the world are "grieving" over the recent communal violence in Delhi.
His remarks come two days after India summoned Iran's Ambassador Ali Chegeni in New Delhi and lodged a strong protest over the "unwarranted" comments by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif over communal violence in the national capital.
"The hearts of Muslims all over the world are grieving over the massacre of Muslims in India. The government of India should confront extremist Hindus & their parties & stop the massacre of Muslims in order to prevent India's isolation from the world of Islam," Khamenei tweeted with the hashtag ‘#IndianMuslimsInDanger’.
Khamenei, who controls all major security and foreign policy decisions, tweeted in English, Urdu, Persian and Arabic along with a photograph of a child grieving over the body of a man who was killed in the recent violence in Delhi.
‘Not Acceptable’: India After Iran Foreign Minister’s Tweet
In a tweet on Monday, Zarif said Iran condemned the "wave of organised violence against Indian Muslims" and urged Indian authorities to "not let senseless thuggery" prevail.
Next day, India summoned Iranian Ambassador Chegeni and conveyed to him that Zarif's "selective and tendentious" characterisation of incidents in Delhi are not acceptable.
The ties between India and Iran have been on an upswing over the last few years.
Notwithstanding US sanctions against Iran, India has been maintaining cordial relationship with Tehran and has been actively involved in development of the strategically-located Chabahar port in the Gulf nation.
Zarif visited India in January in the midst of Tehran's escalating tension with the Trump administration over the killing of top Iranian General Qassem Sulemani in a US military strike in Iraq.
Delhi witnessed horrific violence last week following clashes between supporters and those opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act, with as many 47 deaths reported.
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