Iran is satisfied with India’s response to a controversy over two Indian politicians’ comments on the prophet of Islam Muhammad. 
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian visited New Delhi today to meet with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval. They discussed how to strengthen bilateral cooperation, and the Iranian diplomat described Iran-India ties as “very good,” the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported
The visit followed a controversy in India over criticism of Islam and the prophet Muhammad. In late May, the spokeswoman for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Nupur Sharma, criticized the Quran, the Islamic holy book, as well as Muhammad’s marriage to Aisha. Some scholars believe Aisha was a child when the marriage was consummated. Sharma was lashing out in response to the Gyanvapi mosque controversy, whereby a Muslim house of worship was built on the site of a Hindu shrine. The BJP suspended Sharma from the party, and she apologized. Several Middle Eastern states criticized India over the incident, including many Gulf states and Iran. 
The Islamic Republic is satisfied with India’s response to Sharma’s remarks, according to state media. The Islamic Republic News Agency referred to her comments as an “arbitrary act,” adding “the government of India categorically rules out the disrespect.” 
For his part, Amir-Abdollahian said “India has constantly followed up peaceful coexistence and tried to live in peace and tranquility,” per the agency. 
The Islamic Republic News Agency published another article today on the BJP reportedly warning 38 of its members for offending Muslims. 
Muslims in India have faced repression under the Modi government for several years. Iran has been largely silent on the issue, aside from the recent controversy. 
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