TEHRAN-An Iranian cultural official rejected some media reports alleging that he has called for a ban on the imports and sales of Buddha stautes in Iran, saying that his remarks have been "misquoted".
Some media reports have recently quoted Secretary of the Headquarters for Supporting and Protecting Cultural Works Saeed Jaber Ansari as saying that the statutes which represent the saints, beliefs and values of other religions than Islam, specially the Buddha Statutes, should be taken away from shop windows and their imports to Iran should be banned.
Speaking to FNA on Tuesday, Jaber Ansari strongly rejected such reports, and stressed that they are just the result of misinterpretations.
"Unfortunately, my remarks have been misinterpreted," he said, and further explained, "I just meant the illegal imports of certain cultural works and items and in violation of the customs (rules and regulations)."
"From our point of view, disrespect for the beliefs of other religions is unacceptable," he reiterated.
May be he was afraid that bodu bala sena would come and siege the country... LoL...
aa Wednesday, 20 February 2013 07:07 AM
u r right
dIREsTRAITS Wednesday, 20 February 2013 10:45 AM
Kodithuwakkuarachchi Wednesday, 20 February 2013 10:48 AM
Yes let's stop buying Iranian oil and teach them a lesson.
SSS Wednesday, 20 February 2013 07:42 AM
Thanks to daily Mirror for publishing the update of the news...
titanic Wednesday, 20 February 2013 10:55 AM
media you are the culprit
Sapumal Tuesday, 19 February 2013 05:51 PM
Media institutions should be more responsible on what they report.
Iranvalla Wednesday, 20 February 2013 04:21 AM
The catch is in the explanation that only illegal imports of Buddha statues /others of Saints are to be banned. When did the Iranian customs regulations make these imports LEGAL? If that evidence could be produced, one can accept the spurious explanation (denial) issued. .
asd Wednesday, 20 February 2013 04:22 AM
SriLankan official also most of the time rejects certain ...
Richardson Wednesday, 20 February 2013 08:26 AM
But you can not trust the Iranians.
Farook Wednesday, 20 February 2013 11:30 AM
The Iranians can live without our tea as there are plenty of other suppliers. But can our engines run without oil. Do not create disharmony by writing in unwarranted articles and add fuel to the fire.
Play Boy Wednesday, 20 February 2013 11:42 AM
Media should be very responsible when publishing news. specially such news, taking the present situations into consideration. Thanks..:)
Ibadun Wednesday, 20 February 2013 05:20 AM
This is how all media reports are , so dear readers kindly think before you act on it
Most of the problem exit the world because of media and there is NO INDEPENDENT MEDIA AT ALL if you really think
Kodithuwakkuarachchi Wednesday, 20 February 2013 05:25 AM
I knew Iranians will fall.
They just cannot live a day without Ceylon tea. I am sure they were scared tot death that we will not send them any more tea.
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