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“We Strongly Encourage Respect And Tolerance For All Religions”:UN Spokesperson On Hate Speach Against Prophet Mohammed

The spokesperson was responding to a question on the condemnation by several Islamic nations over remarks on Prophet Mohammed by suspended BJP leader 

United Nations: Amid sharp reaction from several Islamic nations over remarks by BJP leaders against Prophet Mohammed, a spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said that “we strongly encourage respect and tolerance for all religions.”

The spokesperson was responding to a question by a Pakistani journalist on the condemnation by several Islamic nations over remarks by suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma and its former Delhi media head Naveen Kumar Jindal against the Prophet and the Secretary General’s response to I t.

Replying to which he said “I’ve seen stories. I haven’t seen the remarks themselves, but I mean, regardless, I can tell you that we strongly encourage respect and tolerance for all religions,” Stephane Dujarric, said while addressing the daily press briefing.

The BJP on Sunday suspended Ms. Sharma and expelled Mr. Jindal as the row over their remarks against the Prophetattracted massive outrage from many Muslim countries.

Amid demonstrations by Muslim groups and the sharp reaction from countries like Kuwait, Qatar, and Iran, the ruling  BJP had issued a statement asserting that it respects all religions and strongly denounces insults of any religious personality.

The spokespersons of the Indian Embassy in Qatar and Kuwait said on Sunday that the Ambassadors have “conveyed that the tweets do not, in any manner, reflect the views of the Government of India. These are the views of fringe elements.”

Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Jordan, Bahrain and Afghanistan, and the Maldives on Monday joined several Muslim nations to condemn the controversial remarks of BJP leaders against Prophet Mohammed, stressing the importance of respecting all religious beliefs.

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