Iran accuses Macron of fuelling ‘extremism’ Oct 27, 2020 0 56 12345 AFPTehranIran on Monday accused France of fuelling “extremism” after President Emmanuel Macron vowed to never give in to Islamic radicals and defended the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.“Muslims are the primary victims of the ‘cult of hatred’ -- empowered by colonial regimes & exported by their own clients,” Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted.“Insulting 1.9B Muslims -- & their sanctities -- for the abhorrent crimes of such extremists is an opportunistic abuse of freedom of speech. It only fuels extremism,” he added.It follows statements Macron made last week after a Chechen extremist murdered a French teacher on October 16.Macron said history teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded for showing caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed to pupils “because Islamists want our future”.On Sunday, Macron said in a tweet: “We will not give in, ever” to Islamic radicals.“We do not accept hate speech and defend reasonable debate,” the French leader added.Other top Iranian officials also joined the chorus of those condemning the French president.Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, tweeted that Macron’s comments showed “his lack of experience in politics, otherwise he would not have dared insult Islam”.He advised the French leader to “read more history” and not rely on the “support of a declining American and deteriorating” Israel.Parliament speaker Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf slammed France’s “foolish enmity” with the Prophet Mohammed and said his sayings and “light cannot be put out with such blind, futile and anti-human acts.”Ali Akbar Velayati, adviser to Iran’s supreme leader on foreign policy, said the cartoon should not have been reprinted following “global condemnation” of France’s Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Turkey’s Erdogan calls for boycott of French goods amid Macron row Oct 27, 2020 0 1070 Russia strikes kill 78 Turkey-backed rebels in Syria Oct 27, 2020 0 264 Pakistan opens first metro line after years of delays Oct 27, 2020 0 272 Pompeo in India for talks on China ‘threats’ AFP New Delhi US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in New Delhi on Monday, kicking off a four-country Asia tour that he has said will focus on the “threats” posed by China. Joined by Defence Secretary Mark Esper for the .. Typhoon hits Philippines, 7 fishermen missing Searches were under way on Monday for seven fishermen in the Philippines as a typhoon swept across the archipelago, flooding low-lying areas and forcing thousands of people into emergency shelters. Packing maximum .. China ‘to sanction’ US firms over Taiwan arms sale China said on Monday it would impose sanctions on Lockheed Martin, a Boeing defence division and other US firms involved in arms sales to Taiwan, the self-governed island that Beijing views as its territory. The two US ..