West behind Charlie Hebdo profane cartoons: Iranian official

Ali Akbar Velayati

​A senior Iranian official has denounced sacrilegious cartoons published by French weekly, Charlie Hebdo, depicting Prophet Mohammad, saying the move has been orchestrated by the West.

This move is completely condemned and is masterminded by Western states, Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei told reporters on Sunday.

“The terrorist attacks carried out against that publication are also condemned like other terrorist acts and this should not be used as a pretext for insulting Islamic sanctities,” Velayati, who is also the president of the Expediency Council’s Center for Strategic Research, added.

He noted that more than 1.5 billion Muslims across the world condemn the French magazine’s desecration of Islamic values.

Such “cheap and shameful” measures attest to their inability to deal with the logic of Islam, the Iranian official emphasized.

“What has occurred was based on a plot and propaganda war against Islam and is completely condemned by us,” Velayati said.

On January 14, the French satirical magazine, whose Paris office was attacked by two gunmen on January 7, once again published a cartoon of Prophet Mohammad on the cover of its new edition despite warnings that the move is provocative.

The January 7 attack is largely believed to have been launched over Charlie Hebdo’s previous cartoons of the Prophet.

The al-Qaeda branch in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack on Charlie Hebdo. The group said it chose and supported Said and Cherif Kouachi, the two brothers who allegedly carried out the deadly assault.

The French magazine has repeatedly provoked Muslim anger by publishing cartoons of Prophet Mohammad.

Emad Askarieh has worked as a journalist since 2002. The main focus of his work is foreign policy and world diplomacy. He started his career at Iran Front Page Media Group, and is currently serving as the World Editor and the Vice-President for Executive Affairs at the Iran Front Page (IFP) news website.


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