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Iran summons Sweden chargé d'affaires over Quran burning

June 30, 2023 at 1:19 pm

Protestors raise the Quran during the demonstration against the Quran Burning In Sweden [Loredana Sangiuliano/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images]

Iran has summoned the Swedish chargé d’affaires to protest against the burning of a copy of the Quran in Sweden, state media reported, Anadolu Agency reports.

The Swedish envoy was summoned to the Foreign Ministry, and urged to prevent insults to the moral and religious values ​​of Muslims on Thursday, according to IRNA, the official Iranian news agency.

The Swedish diplomat affirmed his country’s opposition to any form of Islamophobia, saying he will convey Tehran’s protest to Stockholm.

A person identified as Salwan Momika burned a copy of the Muslim holy book under police protection in front of a Stockholm mosque on Wednesday.

The desecration was timed to coincide with Eid Al-Adha, one of the major Islamic religious festivals celebrated by Muslims worldwide.

The act has elicited widespread condemnation from the Islamic world, including Turkiye, Jordan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Senegal, Morocco and Mauritania.

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