Egypt condemns burning of Quran copy in Sweden as ‘disgraceful act’

Ahram Online , Saturday 21 Jan 2023

Egypt has strongly condemned the burning of a copy of the Noble Quran by an extremist on Saturday in Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, as a “disgraceful act”.

Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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In a statement, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs warned that this “disgraceful act provokes the feelings of hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world”.

Anti-Islam activist Rasmus Paludan, leader of Danish far-right political party Hard Line, staged an anti-Turkish protest outside the Turkish Embassy in Stockholm as per a permission by the police where he burned a copy of the Quran.

The incident has triggered official condemnation by Arab countries, while Turkey canceled a planned visit by Sweden’s defense minister scheduled for 27 January in response to the protests.

Paludan is known for burning Quran in protests in Sweden and delivering remarks against Islam.

In the foreign ministry’s statement, Egypt warned of the danger of such acts that offend religions and fuel hate speech and violence.

Egypt also called for upholding the values of tolerance and peaceful coexistence and for preventing all forms of offense against religions and their sanctities through such extremist practices.

“These extremist practices are inconsistent with the values of respect of others, freedom of belief, human rights and human fundamental freedoms,” the ministry stressed.

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