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Turkiye calls for preventing ‘heinous acts’ that target Islam

August 9, 2023 at 6:25 pm

Protestors hold the Holy Quran during a demonstration against the burning of Holy Quran by an extremist in Stockholm, in front of the Embassy of Sweden on July 03, 2023 [Mohammad Hamad/Anadolu Agency ]

Turkiye’s National Security Council on Wednesday called for preventing the acts that target Islam under the “guise of freedom of expression.”, reports Anadolu Agency.

The council said that states that do not fulfil their responsibilities in preventing “heinous acts” that are described as hate crimes by the UN and offend nearly 2 billion Muslims are asked to change their attitudes “as soon as possible” and fight together against attacks on sacred values, according to a statement by Turkiye’s Communications Directorate.

Islamophobic figures or groups have repeatedly carried out Quran burnings and similar desecration attempts in Northern Europe in recent months, drawing outrage from Muslim countries and the world.

The statement came after the National Security Council met under the chairmanship of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the presidential complex.

The council also discussed in detail the course of the Russia-Ukraine war and its possible effects on the region.

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“All parties were called upon to sit at the negotiating table and end the war without delay. It was emphasised that returning to the (Black Sea) grain agreement would prevent possible negative effects in needy countries and contribute to food stability,” the statement added.

On July 17, Russia suspended its participation in the deal, which it signed in July 2022 along with Turkiye, the UN, and Ukraine to resume grain exports from Ukrainian Black Sea ports which were paused after the Russia-Ukraine war began in February last year. Moscow has complained that the Russian part of the agreement was not being implemented.

Turkiye, internationally praised for its unique mediator role between Ukraine and Russia, has repeatedly called on Kyiv and Moscow to end the war through negotiations.