Egypt condemns Swedish government approval of repeated desecration of Quran

Ahram Online , Friday 21 Jul 2023

Egypt has condemned the Swedish government's approval of an assembly where an extremist repeated the act of desecrating the Quran in the Swedish capital of Stockholm on Thursday.

File Photo: Egyptian Foreign Ministry building. Al-Ahram


"This goes beyond freedom of expression and inflames the feelings of millions of Muslims as well as violates what they hold sacred," the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Friday.

On Thursday, an Iraqi man ripped and stomped on the Quran in front of the Iraqi embassy in Stockholm, during a government-approved assembly on Thursday.

In June, the same Iraqi man who desecrated the Quran on Thursday burned the holy book in front of Stockholm’s main mosque.

"Egypt also expresses its concern over the repeated incidents of blasphemy and Islamophobia, and the rise of hate speech in many countries, all of which portend severe repercussions for the security, stability and human rights in societies," said the foreign ministry.

"States must assume responsibility to confront and prevent these crimes, as well as hold perpetrators accountable," the statement asserted.

"Finally, Egypt calls upon all countries to commit to their international responsibilities to foster peaceful co-existence, social harmony, tolerance and acceptance." added the foreign ministry.

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