New Delhi: In recent days, India has been facing major diplomatic anger from several Arab countries after two BJP spokespersons — Nupur Sharma and Naveen Kumar Jindal — made insulting remarks against Prophet Muhammad in their recent statements.
Saudi Arabia on Monday, along with countries like Kuwait, Qatar, Iran, and Oman, condemned the contentious remarks made by the two leaders. The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which sees itself as the collective voice of the Muslim world, has also condemned the remarks.
Meanwhile, the BJP suspended Sharma and expelled Jindal on Sunday for their statements and has firmly tried to distance the party from these leaders. However, the Indian government has clarified that it accords the “highest respect to all religions” and dismissed the remarks as “views of fringe elements.” Separately, India has hit out at the OIC and Pakistan for their “unwarranted” statements on the issue.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Afghanistan have joined several Muslim nations to condemn the controversial remarks of the BJP leaders while stressing the importance of respecting all religious beliefs.
In a statement, Saudi Arabia’s foreign affairs ministry expressed its condemnation and denunciation of the statements made by the BJP spokesperson, saying it insulted Prophet Mohammed.