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NEW DELHI : Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday reportedly warned India of isolation in the Islamic world if New Delhi did not stop the "massacre of Muslims". This comes days after Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif raised a storm in India criticising the recent riots in New Delhi.

On Tuesday, the Indian foreign ministry had summoned the Iranian ambassador to New Delhi, Ali Chegeni, to protest remarks made by Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif.“The Iranian ambassador to India Ali Chegeni was summoned and a strong protest was lodged against the unwarranted remarks made by the Iranian foreign minister," Indian foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said.

“It was conveyed that his selective and tendentious characterisation of recent events in Delhi are not acceptable. We do not expect such comments from a country such as Iran," Kumar said.

In a rare rebuke to India, Zarif, late on Monday, slammed the government for the riots in the national capital, which have claimed over 40 lives.

“Iran condemns the wave of organized violence against Indian Muslims," Zarif had said in a Twitter post.

On Thursday, Kumar urged countries to refrain from making unhelpful remarks given the Indian government’s emphasis on normalising the situation.

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