According to a Baaghi TV report, Saudi Arabia strongly condemned the publication of blasphemous sketches of the Prophet Muhammad in France, but did not respond to calls from other countries for action against those responsible.
Saudi Arabia has condemned an attack near the church in the French city of Nice. The attack in the southern French city of Nice, killed at least three people and wounded several others, the Saudi Foreign Ministry said in a statement. They are against the teachings of all religions and human beliefs.
In a statement, the Saudi ministry stressed the importance of rejecting acts that promote hatred, violence and extremism. The Saudi Foreign Ministry extends its condolences to the families of the victims, the French government and the public, and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.
According to Arab News, the Muslim World League also condemned the attack in France, calling it terrorism.
A statement from the Saudi Foreign Ministry said that the Gulf states “condemn all forms of terrorism,” according to Reuters. This is a clear indication of the incident in which a teacher was killed for showing blasphemous sketches in a free speech class in Paris. “Freedom of expression and culture should be a beacon of respect. Tolerance and peace negate hatred, crime and extremist practices and attitudes, and this is against unity,” the statement said.
The Saudi Arabian newspaper, Arab News, quoted the head of the Muslim World League, Mohammed al-Issa, as saying that “excessive reaction is a negative aspect and will only benefit the haters.”
It should be noted that due to political differences between Saudi Arabia and Turkey, Saudi businessmen and citizens were asked to boycott Turkish products, and this is being implemented to some extent. Saudi officials said there were no restrictions on the use of Turkish products. The ban on Turkish products is being campaigned in Saudi Arabia, but Saudi Arabia has not announced a boycott of French products over the blasphemous images.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for a boycott of French products, and Pakistan’s parliament has passed a resolution condemning it, urging the government to recall its ambassador from Paris. In Saudi Arabia, the French supermarket Carrefour was trending on social media, while a store in Riyadh was operating as usual. A spokesman for the company in France said there had been no effect so far.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on the nation to boycott French products. Pakistan has also summoned the French ambassador to protest. Pakistan’s National Assembly and Senate have also passed resolutions condemning the people of Pakistan are also taking to the streets to express their feelings. However, Saudi Arabia has remained silent with only one statement. There has been no strong reaction from Saudi Arabia to France, which is of great concern to the Muslim Ummah.
It should be noted that blasphemous sketches of the Prophet Muhammad were published in a satirical magazine in France a year ago. However, their offices were attacked in 2015 in which 12 people were killed. A teacher who committed blasphemy was assassinated in the French capital, Paris, earlier this month, after which blasphemous sketches were hung on walls to show solidarity with him, much to the outrage of Muslims.
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