Iran and Saudi Arabia have increased pressure on France because of the alleged insult to the Prophet Mohammed. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tehran on Tuesday, October 27, summoned the Chargé d’affaires of France in Iran to the carpet, Iranian state media reported.
According to reports, a representative of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs told a French diplomat that Iran strongly rejects “any insults and disrespect to the Islamic prophet and Islamic values by any person, regardless of his position.
Iran thus reacted to the words of French President Emmanuel Macron, who said that Islam was in crisis and that radicals were seeking to seize control over Muslim communities in France. The French head of state also said France would not give up caricatures and drawings.
Sharp criticism in the Islamic world
Macron made this statement at a mourning ceremony in memory of a teacher beheaded by an Islamic radical for showing his schoolchildren in a lesson on freedom of speech the cartoons of Mohammed published in the French satirical edition of Charlie Hebdo.
Macron’s words sparked strong reactions in Islamic countries. Pakistan summoned the French ambassador to the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad. Saudi Arabia condemned the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed and any attempts to link Islam with terrorism.
Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Makron of Islamophobia, called him “sick” and advised him to “be examined for mental health”. He also called on the Turks to boycott French goods. France, in response, withdrew its ambassador in Ankara for consultations. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called Erdogan’s remarks about Macron completely unacceptable.