Iran Urges EU to Stop anti-Islamic Meeting

A0435048.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)- Iran summoned the French charge d’affaires on Wednesday to voice its concern about an anti-Islamic congress to be held in Germany later this month.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry called on France which holds the presidency of the European Union to make responsible decisions and prevent the “anti-Islamic congress” of right-wing groups from taking place.

The Foreign Ministry’s human rights department also expressed Tehran’s concern about a “growth in anti-Islam”, a report by the Islamic republic news agency said.

The website of the congress organizers says the meeting is supported by German right-wing groups, as well as by Belgium’s Vlaams Belang and Austria’s Freedom Party (FPOe).

They are planning a rally in Cologne on Sept 20 to protest against what they claim to be “Islam terror in Europe, Muslim parallel societies and ghettos in our cities”, as well as the building of a new mosque in the city.

Some left-wing groups are calling for protest rallies against the congress.

The French charge d’affaires condemned any kind of racism or anti-Islamic action and promised to follow up the issue and respond to the Foreign Ministry.

There was no immediate comment from the French embassy.

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