Iran has condemned the republication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed by the French magazine Charlie Hebdo as a “provocation” to mark the opening of the process of an attack on its offices by Islamist extremists in 2015.
In a statement released late Thursday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the reprint of the cartoons, which were first published by a Danish newspaper in 2005, was an “insult” to more than a billion Muslims around the world.
“The French publication offensive … is a provocation,” said the ministry.
“Any insult or disrespect to the holy prophet of Islam … or the other prophets of God (the Jewish and Christian figures also recognized by Muslims) … is absolutely unacceptable,” he added.
She called for a constructive use of freedom of expression in order to achieve “better understanding between religions”.
Twelve people, including some of France’s most famous cartoonists, were killed on January 7, 2015 when brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi went on a rampage in the magazine’s Paris offices.
The perpetrators were killed after the massacre, but 14 alleged accomplices in the attacks, which also affected a Jewish supermarket, were brought to justice in Paris on Wednesday.
Despite its outrage at the cartoons, Iran condemned the deadly attack on the newspaper’s offices.
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