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Envoy summoned after Iran slams Delhi riots

India protests Foreign Minister’s tweet

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s comments on the riots in Delhi are not acceptable to India, an official of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Tuesday.

The message was conveyed to the Iranian envoy to India, who was summoned to the Ministry hours after Mr. Zarif condemned the “violence against Muslims” and asked India to stop “thuggery” against the community.

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “It was conveyed that his selective and tendentious characterisation of recent events in Delhi are not acceptable. We do not expect such comments from a country like Iran.” He confirmed that Iran’s Ambassador Ali Chegeni was summoned to the Ministry to convey India’s unhappiness about the Minister’s comments.

In a social media post, Mr. Zarif had said, “Iran condemns the wave of organised violence against Indian Muslims. Path forward lies in peaceful dialogue and rule of law.”

The comments from him came days after India fast-tracked work for the Chabahar project of Iran, even as both sides are struggling to exchange thousands of citizens stranded in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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