Iran FM cancels India visit for Raisina Dialogue, upset over women’s protest video


New Delhi — Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Abdollahian cancelled his trip to India next month for Raisina Dialogue, after its promotional video included a two-second shot of Iranian women protesting against the Khamenei Mullah regime by cutting their hair.

Abdollahian was expected to fly to India for the Raisina Dialogue scheduled on March 3 and 4. But, the Iranian government has told the conference’s organizers that the nation’s foreign minister is unable to go to India for the event.

Iran got upset with the promotional video of the Raisina Dialogue, which was published nearly a month ago. The video showed a brief shot of Iranian women cutting their hair in protest, placed next to the footage of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

The 110-second movie depicts women cutting their hair in protest after Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, was detained by Iran’s morality police for donning a “inappropriate” hijab.

The Iranian embassy, which was getting ready for Abdollahian’s visit to India, was disappointed by it. According to sources cited in a report by The Indian Express, the embassy complained to the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and India’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA) about the depiction of their President standing with the demonstrators. Additionally, they demanded that the segment be taken out of the promotional video.

India’s premier conference, the Raisina Dialogue, is run by ORF in collaboration with MEA.

The conference’s main themes are geopolitics and geoeconomics, which are committed to tackling the most difficult problems the world community is currently experiencing.

Heads of state, cabinet ministers, and representatives of local governments participate in the Dialogue as a multi-stakeholder, cross-sector conversation with thought leaders from the private sector, the media, and academia.

The G-20 Foreign Ministers’ meeting will take place on March 1 and 2. More than 20 foreign ministers are anticipated to attend. As the Raisina Dialogue is scheduled immediately following the meeting, it is anticipated that some ministers will stick around and attend the gathering.

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