Qatar summons Indian envoy over controversial remarks against Prophet Mohammed


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday summoned Ambassador of the Republic of India to Qatar HE Dr Deepak Mittal and handed over an official note to him, expressing the disappointment of Qatar and its total rejection and condemnation of the controversial remarks made by an official in the ruling party in India against Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), Islam and Muslims.
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs HE Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi handed over this note to the Indian ambassador.
Qatar welcomed the statement issued by the ruling party in India in which it announced the suspension of the official from the party due to the remarks that angered Muslims around the world.
Noting that Qatar is expecting a public apology and immediate condemnation of these remarks from the Government of India, 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 marginalisation, which will create a cycle of violence and hate.
The note indicated that more than two billion Muslims across the world follow the guidance of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), whose message came as a message of peace, understanding and tolerance, and a beacon of light that Muslims all over the world follow.
Qatar affirmed that these insulting remarks would lead to incitement of religious hatred, and offend more than two billion Muslims around the world, and indicate the clear ignorance of the pivotal role that Islam has played in the development of civilizations around the world, including in India.
Qatar reaffirmed its full support for the values of tolerance, coexistence and respect for all religions and nationalities, where such values distinguish Qatar’s global friendships and its relentless work to contribute to the establishment of international peace and security.