Iran accuses West of fuelling Islamophobia after New Zealand massacre

Rouhani promises Iran's foreign ministry will 'diligently' follow the "arrest and trial of perpetrators"


Afp March 16, 2019
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends. PHOTO: REUTERS

TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused Western governments of encouraging Islamophobia on Friday, after the attacks on two mosques in New Zealand that killed 49 worshippers and wounded dozens.

In a statement carried by the official government website Rouhani said the shootings showed the need for "all out confrontation against... the Islamophobia pervasive in the West which is unfortunately encouraged by some Western governments."
Rouhani promised Iran's foreign ministry would 'diligently' follow the "arrest and trial of the perpetrators of this heinous act."

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also blamed "Western democracies" for the attack.

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"Western hypocrisy of defending demonisation of Muslims as 'freedom of expression' MUST end," Zarif tweeted.

"Impunity in Western 'democracies' to promote bigotry leads to this," the tweet read.

In another tweet Zarif said that while Iranians were "deeply shocked and saddened", they were not surprised by the 'Christchurch terror.'

"Banned from travel to the US, and not allowed to abide by our faith if attending French schools, we Iranians know too well what bigotry and hatred of Islam augur," Zarif said referring to France's tradition of secular education.

Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi earlier "strongly condemned the... inhuman and savage" attacks and urged New Zealand's government to punish "the perpetrators... without any reservations."

COMMENTS (2)

zard | 1 year ago | Reply Rouhani must be real weak if he has to use anti West rhetoric to score points rather than try and unite the World against terrorism.
Sophie | 1 year ago | Reply Western democracies were the first and most vocal to criticize the attacks. Seems like Rouhani and Erdogan always politicize tragedy.
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