UAE govt has no policy to distribute religious texts through consulates, says official


According to Minister Jaleel, the parcels containing Quran were brought to C-apt from where they were taken to Malappuram in a government vehicle.

UAE consulate Thiruvananthapuram
UAE consulate Thiruvananthapuram

Kochi: A top UAE official revealed that it was not the policy of the UAE government to distribute religious texts through the consulate in other countries.

"Saudi Arabia sends Quran to other places only because of the religious specialties of the country. But UAE does not have that policy and we have not sent that many religious texts to the consulate in Kerala," the official told Mathrubhumi.

Mathrubhumi had disclosed on Thursday about the statement in the Customs report that no religious texts were imported here. Kerala Minister for Higher Education K. T. Jaleel took to Facebook and stated that the news was incorrect and that he would legally move against it. The Minister had also said that the packets containing Quran sent from the UAE consulate are safely placed in the institutions in Edappal and Alathiyoor.

However, with the revelation of the UAE official, the mystery surrounding the package is not uncovered yet. According to Minister Jaleel, the parcels containing Quran were brought to C-apt from where they were taken to Malappuram in a government vehicle. He repeated the same to Mathrubhumi also.

"I have not seen the parcels. But the details of the institutions where they are kept have been given on the social media and anyone can verify them,' the Minister told Mathrubhumi.

The Minister did not reply clearly to the question that if he could contact the consulate official with whom he has close contact to clarify about the package. Jaleel stated that no such communication would be appropriate at this moment.

Meanwhile, A former diplomat said that when there are rules that a state Minister should not directly interact with a foreign government's office, Jaleel violated it. Even if the Minister was unaware of the content of the parcels, it is a serious issue, he added.

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