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Iran rejects racism accusations, stresses respect for all religions
Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast
Sat Jun 30, 2012 4:27PM
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Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has dismissed racism accusations against Tehran, stressing that the Islamic Republic respects all divine religions.

“Respecting divine religions is an integral part of the universal teachings of Islam. Taking this issue into consideration, the Islamic Republic of Iran respects all divine religions and is regarded as one of the founders of dialog among divine religions of Islam, Christianity and Judaism,” Mehmanparast said Saturday in reaction to remarks attributed to Iran's First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi.

He said the fight against racism was among major policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran and added, “Tarnishing the image of Judaism via the political organization of Zionism has been opposed by all freedom-lovers and even the followers of Judaism and so accusing the Islamic Republic of Iran of racism is a totally wrong conception and approach.”

He said there was a sharp contrast between the teachings of divine religions and the extremely racist and anti-human rights ideas of Zionism.

“As it was mentioned in remarks by Iran's First Vice President, we respect the followers of the Prophet Moses but we are opposed to global Zionism,” Mehmanparast added.

He expressed hope that those who claim to be fighting racism will break their silence and take action on the totally inhumane policies of the Zionists against the oppressed Palestinians and the human rights violation of Muslims in other parts of the world.

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