Last Updated: Thu Mar 29, 2012 13:30 pm (KSA) 10:30 am (GMT)

Kuwait condemns burning Iran flag

A tweet in Kuwait that was deemed offensive to the Prophet has triggered protest and burning of Iranian flag. (AFP)
A tweet in Kuwait that was deemed offensive to the Prophet has triggered protest and burning of Iranian flag. (AFP)

Kuwait condemned the burning of an Iranian flag by activists during a rally to protest a tweet’s insults against Prophet Mohammed (pbuh).

A foreign ministry official expressed his “rejection and condemnation of this irresponsible action,” the official KUNA news agency reported.

The statement said the action, “made by a deviant group,” is considered a “breach of the laws and norms and greatly undermines the distinguished relations between Kuwait and its neighbor Iran.”

The gathering was staged Wednesday night by activists and several MPs, a day after authorities arrested a Shiite man alleged to have made remarks on the micro-blogging website Twitter that were deemed offensive to the prophet, his wife Aisha and some companions.

The suspect, identified in media reports as Hamad al-Naqi, was in custody pending further investigation amid a condemnation by preachers and MPs, some of them demanding the death penalty for the man.

The foreign ministry official reiterated Kuwait’s keenness to maintain good relations with Iran and vowed legal measures would be taken to curb such actions.

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