America on Prophet Row: “We condemn the offensive comments made by two BJP officials and we are pleased to see the party publicly condemn those comments,” spokesman Ned Price told reporters.
The US on Thursday condemned remarks about Prophet Mohammed by officials of India’s ruling party, which created an uproar in Muslim countries.
“We condemn the offensive comments made by two BJP officials and we are pleased to see the party publicly condemn those comments,” spokesman Ned Price told reporters.
America on Prophet Row: “We engage regularly with the Indian government at a senior level on human rights concerns, including freedom of religion or belief, and we encourage India to promote respect for human rights,” he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma made televised remarks about the Prophet Muhammad on May 26, triggering protests across the Islamic world.
The remarks triggered diplomatic protests in wealthy Arab states, which generally enjoy close ties with India. In Bangladesh, protesters have demanded formal condemnation from India’s close ally, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
America on Prophet Row: In damage-control mode, the BJP suspended Ms. Sharma as well as Naveen Jindal, another leader in the party who was accused of making inflammatory tweets about Prophet Mohammad.
The US has sought to deepen ties with India since the late 1990s, recognizing that the world’s two largest democracies share common interests, particularly in the face of a growing China.
However, the US has at times raised its voice carefully about human rights in India as PM Modi is accused of pushing policies targeting Muslim minorities.
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