AA / Istanbul
The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Sunday called on Swedish authorities to react “strongly and frankly” to the burning of a copy of the Koran.
Iranian Foreign Minister Said Khatib-Zadeh said in a press release that his country “condemns the burning of a copy of the Holy Quran in Sweden by a racist Danish individual, under the pretext of freedom of expression under the protection of the Swedish police,” the Iranian news agency “IRNA” reported.
The spokesperson added: “We call on the Swedish authorities to respond immediately, strongly and frankly to the perpetrators of this insulting act and to take clear and tangible measures to prevent such acts from happening again.”
Zadeh denounced the “deliberate repetition of this insulting act during the holy month of Ramadan, with the aim of hurting the feelings of Muslims in Sweden and around the world”.
He said that “this despicable act, which is a striking example of hatred and contrary to freedom of expression, must be condemned by all believers who believe in peaceful coexistence and interreligious dialogue”.
And the spokesman concludes: “The act of this offensive individual and his sympathizers requires more unity between Muslims and Islamic States to counter the plots of the enemies of Islam”.
On Thursday, the leader of the extreme right and anti-Islam movement, “Hard Line”, Rasmus Paludan, burned in the town of Lincopie (south), a copy of the Holy Koran under the protection of the Swedish police.
After burning a copy of the Holy Quran, many rally participants blocked a road in the area, torched police vehicles and threw stones at security forces.
*Translated from Arabic by Hatem Kattou
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