Iran, China say security of Muslim Uyghurs must be maintained

TEHRAN, July 13 (MNA) -- Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi discussed the recent events in Xinjiang on Sunday and agreed that the security of Muslims in China must be maintained.

The two ministers also said any foreign interference meant to destabilize China is unacceptable.

 

However, Mottaki told Yang that Muslim countries and Islamic centers are concerned about the incident and asked the Chinese foreign minister to inform him about the latest developments in the region.

 

Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi and Ayatollah Lotfollah Safi Golpaygani have condemned the recent killings of Muslims in China and asked the Foreign Ministry to seriously pursue the issue.

 

The crisis began on July 5 when Chinese police cracked down on a peaceful demonstration held by Muslims in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The Uyghurs said they were protesting against the religious discrimination they experience at the hands of the Chinese government. Over 180 Muslims have been killed in the unrest.

 

There has been tension between the Muslim Uyghurs and Han Chinese in the region for decades.

 

 

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