News ID: 276081
Published: 0645 GMT October 29, 2020

FM Zarif ‘strongly’ criticizes terrorist attack in France

FM Zarif ‘strongly’ criticizes terrorist attack in France

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif slammed Thursday’s terrorist attack in Nice, France, in a tweeted message stressing that radicalism only breeds more radicalism.

Earlier in the day, in a knife attack at a church in Nice, east of France, three people have died and a male suspect was shot and detained, according to Western media reports.

Reacting to the terrorist attack, Zarif wrote on his Twitter account on Thursday evening that peace cannot be achieved with “ugly provocations.”

"We strongly condemn today's terrorist attack in #Nice. This escalating vicious cycle--hate speech, provocations & violence--must be replaced by reason & sanity. We should recognize that radicalism only breeds more radicalism, and peace cannot be achieved with ugly provocations," tweeted the Iranian foreign minister.

French President Emmanuel Macron described the knife attack as an "Islamist terrorist attack".

Macron’s recent remarks regarding Muslims an his support for insulting the holy Prophet of Islam (PBUH) under the pretext of the "freedom of expression" have triggered negative sentiments and protests in many Muslim countries and a call to boycott French goods in some Muslim-majority states.

He has strongly defended secular values and the right to mock religion following the murder of a French schoolteacher who had shown his class cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), published by the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Macron characterized the murder as an “Islamist terrorist attack” and said France would not “give up cartoons” depicting the Prophet.


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