Egypt summons Dutch ambassador over MP's anti-Islamic statements

Hatem Maher, Wednesday 14 Dec 2011

The Egyptian foreign ministry airs its misgivings about the impending publication of a book promising to 'examine the true nature of Islam' by controversial MP Geert Wilders

Geert Wilders
Dutch MP Geert Wilders (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt’s foreign ministry Wednesday summoned Dutch Ambassador Susan Blankhart to protest against what it perceives to be a defamation of Islam by parliament member Geert Wilders.

According to Dutch reports, Wilders is set to release a book in April next year to “examine the true nature of Islam.”

The right-wing politician is no stranger to controversy, having released numerous statements that were deemed defamatory to Islam by the Arab and Muslim world.

His statements include accusing Islam of being violent by nature and saying that the Quran should be banned.

According to Egyptian diplomatic sources, the foreign ministry insisted it could not tolerate “such unacceptable acts that could affect the spirit of cooperation, which should prevail between countries.”

In June, a Dutch court cleared Wilders of inciting hatred and discrimination against Muslims.

Egyptian authorities have recently banned him from entering the country during a visit of a European Parliament delegation.

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