New Delhi: Three days after Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif condemned the recent violence in northeast Delhi as ‘wave of organised violence against Indian Muslims,’ Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei, the country’s Supreme Leader on Thursday too chimed in, tweeting that ‘the hearts of Muslims all over the world are grieving over the massacre of Muslims in India.’ Also Read - India Summons Iranian Envoy After Foreign Minister's Statement on Delhi violence
Reacting strongly to the Iranian Foreign Minister’s tweet, India had summoned the Iranian envoy and lodged a strong protest with him over the former’s remarks. Also Read - 'Wave of Organised Violence Against Indian Muslims', Iran on Delhi Violence; Urges Govt to Not Let 'Senseless' Thuggery Prevail
On Thursday, however, Khamenei, the most powerful person in Iran, tweeted: “The hearts of Muslims all over the world are grieving over the massacre of Muslims in India. The government of India should confront extremist Hindus and their parties and stop the massacre of Muslims in order to prevent India’s isolation from the world of Islam.”
He posted the tweet with a hashtag that read ‘Indian Muslims In Danger.’
Khamenei’s tweet came just minutes after the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had responded to comments on the violence by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Junior British Foreign Minister Nigel Adams, urging everyone ‘not to make any irresponsible comments and not to be influenced by selective and unsubstantiated narrative on the matter.’
On Monday, Zarif had tweeted: “Iran condemns the wave of organized violence against Indian Muslims. For centuries, Iran has been a friend of India. We urge Indian authorities to ensure the wellbeing of ALL Indians and not let senseless thuggery prevail. Path forward lies in peaceful dialogue and rule of law.”
The death toll in the violence climbed to 53 on Thursday.