March 28, 2023

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Indonesia summons Indian ambassador over ‘disgraceful’ statements about Muhammad

The Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday that Indonesia had summoned the Indian ambassador to Jakarta after two ruling party officials issued “defamatory” statements against the Prophet Mohammed.

The announcement comes amid growing opposition to comments made by Hindu Nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Nupur Sharma.

A spokesman for the relationship between Mohammed and his young wife – who was suspended by his own party.

Also, last week a senior local BJP official in charge of media in Delhi, Naveen Jindal, posted a tweet about the prophet, which was immediately deleted. The politician was also excluded from the training.

Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah confirmed to AFP that Indian Ambassador to Jakarta Manoj Kumar Bharti had been summoned by the government on Monday to express anger over anti-Muslim rhetoric.

In a statement issued on Monday, Indonesia strongly condemned the “unacceptable and insulting remarks” made by “two Indian politicians” against the Prophet Mohammed.

The Saudi-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which has 60 Muslim countries, said on Sunday that the comments were made in the context of “Islamic hatred” in India.

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