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Iran accuses West of fuelling Islamophobia after New Zealand massacre

AFP  |  Tehran 

Iranian accused Western governments of encouraging Islamophobia, after the attacks on two mosques in that killed 49 worshippers and wounded dozens.

In a statement carried by the official government website on Friday, said the shootings showed the need for "all out confrontation against...the pervasive in the West which is unfortunately encouraged by some Western governments."

promised Iran's foreign ministry would "diligently" follow the "arrest and trial of the perpetrators of this heinous act."

Iran's also blamed "Western democracies" for the attack.

"Western hypocrisy of defending demonisation of Muslims as 'freedom of expression' MUST end," Zarif tweeted.

"Impunity in Western 'democracies' to promote bigotry leads to this," the tweet read. In another tweet Zarif said that while Iranians were "deeply shocked and saddened", they were not surprised by the "Christchurch terror."

"Banned from travel to the US, and not allowed to abide by our faith if attending French schools, we Iranians know too well what bigotry and hatred of Islam augur," Zarif said referring to France's tradition of secular education.

Iran's earlier "strongly condemned the... inhuman and savage" attacks and urged to punish "the perpetrators... without any reservations.

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 03:35 IST