External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday once again drew a line between the government’s stand and controversial statements made by former BJP functionaries Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal, saying the sensitivity and sensitivity of the people has been affected. Read also | India will not allow any unilateral attempt by China to change LAC: Jaishankar
Refusing to see the issue of remarks against the Prophet being taken up by other countries as a ‘lecture’, Jaishankar said it was not a lecture and an expression of sensitivities and sensitivities. Jaishankar said, “I am also a bit sensitive to give lectures. But I will not take this issue as a lecture. I think it was an issue where the sensitivity and sensitivity of the people was affected. So they take it were expressing,” Jaishankar said.
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And the countries that raised the issue with New Delhi were not only in the Gulf, some countries in Southeast Asia also reacted to the issue, the foreign minister said in the townhall of Nation World News-News18. Jaishankar said, “Not only the Gulf countries, I would say that some countries in South-East Asia, who were concerned, appreciate that this was not the position of the government.”
“They (countries that expressed concern) deal with us they know what we are about… they know these are not our views,” he said.
Without naming any country, the foreign minister said, “There will be people who will be fishing in troubled waters. International relations is a very competitive sport that is not played by the Queensberry rules. There will be people who will try to get the most of it.” ” ,
Several Muslim-majority countries, including Qatar, Kuwait, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Afghanistan, Indonesia, USE, Maldives, Jordan, Bahrain and Libya, took up comments made about the prophet with New Delhi, while the government clarified that Said that the ‘fringe’ element of Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal does not reflect the stand of the government.
(with PTI inputs)