Indonesia, the most populous Muslim majority nation in the world, has conveyed to India its concern over this week’s riots in New Delhi that have killed over 40 people.
The Indonesian Foreign Ministry said it called the Indian ambassador to Jakarta Pradeep Kumar Rawat on Friday to discuss the riots.
“The Indonesian government has full confidence that the Indian government will be able to manage the situation and ensure harmonious relationships between its religious communities. In addition, both countries share similar characteristics, such as pluralistic countries that support democratic values and tolerance, “said the ministry in a statement.
Rawat is believed to have told Indonesian officials that everything was now under control. He also told them that many false reports were being spread by vested interests to break the bond of the country’s plurality.
According to reports received from Jakarta, development came hours after the Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affairs, in an unusual move, issued a statement in which sectarian violence in the Indian capital was “inhuman” and “contrary to religious values”.
Indonesian minister of religion Fachrul Razi urged India to protect its minority population and not to harm humanitarian values due to differences in faith. “The unrest was inhuman and contrary to religious values,” he said in a statement.
He also asked religious leaders in both India and Indonesia to exercise moderation and avoid provocations on this issue. “We hope that the situation in India will return to normal as soon as possible,” added Razi. Fearing reprisals for Indian violence in his country, he warned of misunderstandings not to take advantage of it.