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Turkiye condemns ‘despicable attacks’ against Quran in Netherlands

September 24, 2023 at 12:09 pm

Akif Cagatay Kilic, the chief adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, Turkiye on August 24, 2023 [Ömer Taha Çetin/Anadolu Agency]

Turkiye on Saturday strongly condemned “despicable attacks” against the Muslim holy book, the Quran, outside the embassies of some member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, including the Turkish Embassy, in the Netherlands, reports Anadolu Agency

In a statement, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said that Ankara condemns the spread of these “provocative attacks,” which are allowed to be carried out in European countries under the guise of freedom of expression.

“In response to these provocations, which are recognised by the United Nations as religious hatred and violations of international law, the countries where the attacks occur should now take effective measures,” the statement further said.

Turkiye called on the Dutch authorities to take the necessary actions against the perpetrators and to take measures to prevent the recurrence of such attacks.

The chief adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also condemned the recent act against the Quran on X.

“Against these sick provocative acts, these countries and their rulers must now take the necessary measures!” Akif Cagatay Kilic said.

Earlier, Edwin Wagensveld, the leader of PEGIDA, an Islamophobic group, tore down copies of the Muslim holy book, the Quran, in front of embassies of several Muslim countries, including the Turkish embassy.

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

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