17:33 - September 30, 2020
News ID: 3472692
TEHRAN (IQNA) – Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said there has been a disturbing rise in Islamophobia, urging the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to declare an 'International Day to combat Islamophobia'.


He added it is time to build a resilient coalition to end the menace.

Addressing the Group of Friends of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) at a high-level virtual meeting on Wednesday, Qureshi said that rise in Islamophobia, evident in the manifestos of far-right and neo-fascist parties, the politicization and censorship of the hijab, cow vigilantism, burning of the Holy Quran, etc, cannot be tolerated.

He said, "The international community should build bridges and respect each other’s religions and beliefs."

The Pakistani top diplomat commended the work of the Alliance of Civilizations in advancing mutual respect for diverse cultures, traditions and religious beliefs, reported.

The Alliance of Civilizations was established in 2005 as a leading UN platform for inter-cultural dialogue to promote understanding between diverse nations and communities.


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