Sep 10, 2020, 1:02 AM
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Lawmaker criticizes French magazine's sacrilege of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)

Tehran, Sept 10, IRNA - Chairman of National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Iranian Parliament Mojtaba Zolnouri slammed insulting Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and other prophets, saying such a measure on the pretext of freedom of speech hurt Muslims’ feelings.

Zolnouri made the remarks in a meeting with French Ambassador to Iran Philippe Thiébaud.

Both sides discussed bilateral and regional issues.

Referring to cooperation between Iran and France and the capacities between the two states for developing relations, Zolnouri said despite the outbreak of coronavirus and its negative effects on people’s life, it is hoped that "we pass this crisis by establishing cooperation".

He also pointed to France stance with regard to preserving Iran nuclear deal and US’ anti-Iran resolution, saying the West should comply with its commitments under the deal.

West’s lack of commitment and following the US with regard to implementing cruel sanctions against Iran will not be acceptable, he noted

He went on to say that foreigners’ intervention is the root cause of instability and insecurity in the region.

Iran emphasizes respecting territorial integrity and no intervention in internal affairs of other countries.

Thiébaud, for his part, welcomed continuation of parliamentary cooperation between Iran and France.

He described exchanging parliamentary delegations as an important factor in reinforcing cooperation between the two countries.

French diplomat stressed his country’s commitment to Iran nuclear deal, saying continuation of negotiations among all parties will result in removing obstacles.

France is against the US unilateral withdrawal from Iran deal, Thiébaud reiterated.

Charlie Hebdo is a French left-wing magazine with a history of publishing derogatory and anti-religious content. It had published caricatures of Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in 2012 and 2015 that provoked Muslims to start demonstrations around the globe.

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