The Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Antonio Guterres has said that countering anti-Muslim hatred and Islamophobia is his top priority.
Antonio Guterres was addressing a virtual meeting of Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Saturday. He said that he fully agrees with the assessment that it could pose a threat to international peace and security.
The UN Secretary-General was responding to the comments from Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, Munir Akram, who drew his attention to the rising cases of anti-Muslim violence and Islamophobia in India.
While voicing his concern over the rise of Islamophobia, the UN Chief called for fighting this phenomenon collectively.
Ambassador Akram raised concerns in his remarks about the alarming rise in Islamophobia and stigmatization of Muslims in India in the wake of the Covid19 pandemic.
He also highlighted the oppressive measures imposed in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir since August 5, last year when New Delhi annexed the disputed region in violation of UN resolutions.