Jordan, Arab countries condemn Quran burning in Sweden

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AMMAN — The Foreign Ministry of Jordan alongside various Arab countries condemned the burning of a copy of the Quran in Stockholm on Saturday, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. اضافة اعلان

Jordan’s foreign ministry reaffirmed the Kingdom's rejection and condemnation of this act. It emphasized that spreading and promoting a culture of peace and acceptance of others, raising awareness of common values of respect, enriching values of harmony and tolerance, and rejecting extremism, intolerance, and incitement to hatred, is a collective responsibility that everyone must adhere to.

Foreign ministries of Saudi Arabia, Iraq, the UAE, Egypt, and Kuwait also condemned this act in separate statements and blamed the Swedish authorities for allowing an extremist to commit such an act.

The Arab countries urged the international community to assume its responsibilities and stop such unacceptable acts, reject all forms of hatred and extremism, and hold the perpetrators accountable.

This act, they stated, contradicts human and moral values and principles.

Rasmus Paludan, leader of Danish far-right political party Hard Line, burned the Quran, during a protest outside of the Turkish embassy in Stockholm while surrounded by police.

Turkey, shortly after, canceled a visit from Sweden, which aimed to lift Ankara’s objection to Sweden’s NATO bid, AFP reported.

According to Al Jazeera, Paludan set fire to the holy book with a lighter following a long diatribe of almost an hour, in which he attacked Islam and immigration in Sweden. About 100 people gathered nearby for a peaceful counter-demonstration.

In April last year, Paludan’s announcement of a Quran burning “tour” during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan sparked riots across Sweden.

“If you don’t think there should be freedom of expression, you have to live somewhere else,” he said.

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