MILAN | ITALY – Insulting Muslims is an ‘opportunistic’ abuse of free speech, Iran’s foreign minister said on Monday, in an apparent reference to remarks by French President Emmanuel Macron perceived to be critical of Islam.
‘Muslims are the primary victims of the ‘cult of hatred’, the minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, tweeted, without directly addressing Macron.
‘Insulting 1.9B Mulsims – & their sanctities – for the abhorrent crimes of such extremists is an opportunistic abuse of freedom of speech. It only fuels extremism’, he added.
Macron, who led a tribute to a history teacher beheaded this month by a Chechen teenager for showing caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad in class, declared war on ‘Islamic separatism’, which he believes is taking over some Muslim communities in France.
Unlike some Muslim countries, Iran’s clerical rulers have not called for a boycott of French goods. But several Iranian officials and politicians, including the heads of parliament and the judiciary, have condemned Macron for ‘Islamophobia’, according to Iranian state media.
Ali Shakhani, a close ally of Iran’s top authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Macron’s ‘irrational behavior’ displayed his ‘crudeness in politics’.
‘Otherwise he would not have dared to embrace Islam in his quest for leadership in #Europe’, tweeted Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National security Council.
‘I suggest that he read more history and not rejoice in the support of a declining America & #Zionism’.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdul Aziz headed on Tuesday the first in – person Cabinet meeting in Riyadh since COVID-19 disrupted activities globally. The Council of Ministers met at the al – Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday to discuss a range of events front recent leaps made in bilateral ties with a number … More King Salman Heads Saudi Arabia’s First In – Person Cabinet Session Since Pandemic
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia will host the global technology conference LEAP on Feb.1 to 3 in Riyadh to address future challenges, as it consolidates its digital regional and global leadership. Targeting the attendance of 40,000 local and international visitors, the conference will involve over 350 speakers from 80 countries, as well as 700 … More Saudi Arabia To Host LEAP Tech Conference To Address Future Challenges
DUBAI – The U.S. Embassy and Consultate in the United Arab Emirates advised its citizens in the country to ‘maintain a high level of security awareness’ in a statement on Monday, following reports of a possible missile attack and accompanying missile defence activity over Abu Dhabi earlier in the morning. Such Statement are rare, for … More U.S. Citizens In UAE Warned To Maintain Security Awareness – Embassy Website
PARIS, France – The United Arab Emirates intercepted and destroyed two Houthi ballistic missiles targeting the Gulf country on Monday with no causalities, its defence ministry said, following a deadly attack a week earlier. Fore more than six years, Yemen’s Houthis have been battling a Saudi – led coalition that includes the UAE, repeatedly carrying … More UAE Intercepts Houthi Attack, Saudi Arabia Reports Two Injured By Fallen Missile
PARIS, France – The Saudi – led coalition fighting in Yemen said a ballistic missile fired by the Iran – aligned Houthi movement had fallen in a southern industrial zone, state media reported on Sunday. A resident sustained minor injuries in the attack, according to the official Saudi Press Agency, which added that it was … More Saudi – Led Coalition Says Houthi Missile Fell In Industrial Zone
PARIS, France – The United Arab Emirates has grounded most private drones and light sports aircraft used for recreational purposes for a month starting Saturday, the Interior Ministry said, following a deadly attack his week by Yemen’s Houthis on the Gulf country. The UAE has said that the Iran – aligned Houthi movement used cruise … More UAE Grounds Most Private Drones For A Month After Houthi Attack
PARIS, France – The U.S. health regulator on Friday expanded its approval for the use of Gilead Sciences’ antiviral drug remdesivir to treat non – hospitalized patients 12 years and older for the treatment of mild – to – moderate COVID -19 disease with high risk of hospitalization. Previously, the use of Veklury was limited … More FDA Expands Use Of Remdesivir To Patients With High Risk Of Hospitalization
PARIS, France – United Nations Secretary – General Antonio Guterres condemned air strikes by a Saudi – led coalition in Yemen on Friday that reportedly killed at least 60 people in detention center in the Houthi – held Saada province. A Reuters witness said several people, including African migrants, died in the attack. Guterres’ spokesman, … More U.N. Chief Condemns Deadly Saudi – Led Coalition Strike In Yemen
WASHINGTON – There needs to be a de – escalation in the conflict between a Saudi – led military coalition and the Iran – aligned Houthi group in Yemen, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday following air strikes that killed scores of people. ‘The escalation in fighting only exacerbates a dire humanitarian … More U.S Calls For De – Escalation Of Saudi – Houthi Conflict In Yemen
The U.S. reiterated its commitment to helping Saudi Arabia and its Gulf partners defend themselves against threats from Yemen and other places in the region, the State Department said after a call between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Prince Faisal bin Farhan. ‘Secretary Blinken reiterated the U.S. commitment to help Gulf partners improve their … More U.S. Commits To Helping Saudi Arabia, Gulf Partners Defend Against Threats From Yemen
BEIRUT – Five Roman artefacts from the ancient city of Palmyra, a site damaged during Syria’s decade – long conflict, were returned to Damascus on Thursday by a private Lebanese museum where they had been on display since 2018. The limestone statues and carved funerary stones dating from the Roman second and third centuries AD … More Lebanese Museum Returns Artefacts From Syria’s Ancient City Of Palmyra
GENEVA – The top diplomats of Russia and the United States were to meet in Switzerland on Friday to discuss soaring tensions over Ukraine after a flurry of meetings between officials on both sides in the last week produced no breakthroughs. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Geneva for talks with Russian Foreign … More Top Diplomats For U.S., Russia Meet In Geneva On Soaring Ukraine Tensions
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has received Russia special envoy for Syrian settlement Alexander Lavrentiv, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Thursday. The two reviewed the latest developments in Syria, as well bilateral relations between the two countries, according to SPA. ‘The Russian envoy conveyed the greetings … More Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Meets Russian Special Envoy For Syrian Settlement
PARIS, France – Novak Djokovic risks being frozen out of tennis as he chases a record 21st Grand Slam title, with rules on travellers who are unvaccinated against COVID-19 tightening in the third year of the pandemic and some tournaments reconsidering exemption. The Serbian, who has not been vaccinated, was deported from Australia on Sunday … More No Vaccine, No French Open For Djokovic As Rules Righten
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz Bin Salman said on Monday it is the prerogative of the U.S. government to release supply from the strategic petroleum reserves.
DUBAI – Three fuel trucks exploded and a fire broke out near Abu Dhabi airport on Monday in what Yemen’s Iran – aligned Houthi group said was an attack deep inside the United Arab Emirates. The Houthi movement, which is battling a Saudi – led coalition that includes the UAE, has frequently launched cross – … More UAE Says It Suspects Fuel Trucks Hit By Drones, Yemeni Houthis Claim Attack
Paris, France – The fourth edition of Al Ain Film Festival, scheduled between January 23 and 27 is set to screen 32 short films. The partaking films are distributed on three categories: Falcon Emirati Film, Falcon Student Films, and Falcon Resident Films, in addition to a primary contest, the Falcon Gulf Feature Film in which participate … More Al Ain Film Festival Celebrates Young Talents
Paris, France – The US special envoy for the Horn of Africa will visit Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Ethiopia next week amid ongoing crises in the two African nations, the State Department announced Friday. David Satterfield and Assistant Secretary of State Molly Phee will travel to Riyadh, Khartoum and Addis Ababa from January 17 to … More New US – Africa Envoy To Visit Saudi Arabia, Sudan And Ethiopia: State Department
DUBAI – Saudi Arabia’ initiative designating 2022 as ‘Year of Saudi Coffee’ spilled over at its pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai with an information campaign emphasizing the importance of celebrating one of the Kingdom’s main elements of culture and folklore. A short film discussed the importance and status of coffee in Saudi society, with its different … More Saudi Arabia Celebrates ‘Year Of Saudi Coffee’ At Expo 2020 Dubai
Paris, France – Saudi Arabia’s Attorney General Sheikh Saudi bin Abdullah Al – Mujib on Thursday held talks with his Russian counterpart Ignor Krasnov, during his visit to Moscow. During the meeting, the most prominent joint parliamentary and judicial files were reviewed, in addition to discussing ways of enhancing legal cooperation between the two prosecutions, Saudi … More Saudi Arabia’s Attorney General Discusses Legal Cooperation With Russian Counterpart
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – The transition away from fossil fuels towards clean energy is complicated and the world needs to be flexible to avoid sacrificing energy security, Saudi Arabia’s energy minister said on Wednesday. Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman al – Saud also told a mining conference in Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest exporter of crude oil, … More Saudi Arabia Calls For Flexibility In Energy Transition
Paris, France – Saudi National Bank, the kingdom’s largest lender that is 50.4% indirectly owned by the government, sold $750 million in debut ‘sustainable’ sukuk on Wednesday after demand topped $3.2 billion, a bank document showed. The five- year Islamic bonds launched at 85 basis points (bps) over U.S. Treasuries (UST), tightened from initial price guidance … More Saudi National Bank Gets $750 Million Via Debut ‘Sustainable’ Sukuk
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