Arab Ambassadors Protest to Kazakh Government over Media Campaign

Published May 27th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Arab ambassadors accredited to Kazakhstan have presented an official protest to the Kazakhstan authorities over an anti-Arab media campaign in Kazakhstan, reported interfax news agency in Moscow on Saturday, quoted by the Kuwaiti news agency (KUNA).  

Interfax said that the ambassadors of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Libya, and Palestine submitted their protest to the Kazakhstan prime minister Qassim Tukayev for accusations made by the local press that said Arab countries are sponsoring "Islamic extremists".  

The news agency quoted the Palestinian ambassador in Kazakhstan, Mohammed al-Tarshahany as saying that during the meeting with the Kazakhstan prime minister the Arab ambassadors brought to his attention an article printed in the "Caravan" paper claiming that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia sponsors extremism and terrorism.  

Al-Tarshahny said such claims are a direct attack on the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and have no link to reality.  

The Palestinian ambassador said the Kazakhstan prime minister expressed his regret over the matter and pledged that he would take the appropriate procedures.  

Interfax quoted the spokesman of the Kazakhstan prime minister as saying that both the Arab and Kazakh sides have affirmed the importance of not linking Islam "the religion of love, peace and stability to terrorism and religious extremism," said KUNA – Albawaba.com 

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