Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr Majed Mohammed Al Ansari announced on Sunday that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Ambassador of the Republic of India to Qatar HE Dr Deepak Mittal and handed over an official note to him, expressing Qatar’s total rejection of the statements of an official in the ruling party in India against the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).
Speaking to QNA, Al Ansari said Qatar calls on the Indian government to immediately condemn these remarks and publicly apologize to all Muslims in the world.
Also, he stressed the danger of empowering hate speech and Islamophobic discourse in a country that Islam and Muslims have clearly contributed to its civilized development and today they represent a large percentage of its citizens.
Dr Al Ansari underlined that whoever made these statements is undoubtedly ignorant of the position of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) among Muslims and their veneration of him, and that attacking him is a deliberate provocation of the feelings of all Muslims.
He said Qatar welcomed the statement issued by the ruling party in India in which it announced the suspension of the party’s official from practicing his activities in the party due to the remarks that angered all Muslims around the world, pointing out that allowing such Islamophobic remarks to continue without punishment, constitutes a grave danger to the protection of human rights and may lead to further prejudice and marginalization, which will create a cycle of violence and hate.