"Dr. Anwar Gargash condemns Swedish Quran burning
Dr. Anwar Gargash, the Presidential diplomatic advisor, strongly denounced the repeated and explicit assaults on the Islamic faith masquerading as "freedom of expression" following the public burning of the Quran by an activist in Sweden , Expressing his deep concern on social media, the senior Emirati diplomat emphasized that such actions only serve to perpetuate animosity and hostility.
Swedish Prime Minister condemns provocative protest outside mosque
The Swedish authorities had granted permission to Salwan Momika, an atheist from Iraq and a member of a far-right Swedish party, to carry out the provocative act outside a mosque in Stockholm on the first day of Eid Al Adha , Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson later acknowledged that although the demonstration was legal, it was highly inappropriate to engage in such behavior , Law enforcement officials stated that the security risks associated with the protest did not warrant its prevention, as previous attempts to ban similar rallies were overturned by the courts.
International condemnation of Swedish protest on Eid Al Adha
In a Twitter statement on Thursday, Dr. Gargash asserted, "The continuous and blatant assaults on our Islamic faith under the pretext of freedom of expression only serve to fuel hatred and intensify ideological divisions. The Western world must understand that its value system and the justification for it cannot be imposed on others" ,The Iraqi government condemned the "reckless actions," describing them as racist in an official statement released on Thursday. They further asserted that such acts not only promote violence and hatred but also contradict the principles of freedom of expression and respect for diversity , Following a call by radical cleric Moqtada Al Sadr, protesters gathered around the Swedish embassy in Baghdad, breaching security measures at the front of the building. It remains unclear whether diplomats were present or had been evacuated.
Turkish President Erdogan criticizes Sweden over protest incident
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized Sweden for allowing the protest to occur, stating in televised remarks that insulting Muslims is not an expression of freedom of thought. Erdogan strongly condemned the incident and expressed his firm disapproval , Turkey had already denounced the incident on Wednesday, and Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan emphasized that condoning such appalling acts implies complicity , A Quran burning outside Turkey's Stockholm embassy earlier in January had led to condemnation, protests, and a pause in Sweden's NATO membership application , Jordan summoned the Swedish ambassador in Amman on Thursday to convey a strong protest over the incident, as announced by the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates.
Gulf Cooperation Council urges action against hatred and extremism in Sweden
Jasem Al Budaiwi, the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, called upon Swedish authorities to take immediate action against individuals fueling hatred and extremism. He emphasized the need to prevent and address such irresponsible acts, which inflame the sentiments of Muslims worldwide, particularly during these significant days, through legal and ethical means and with the cooperation of all to reject extremism and religious fanaticism, according to the Saudi Press Agency , The Muslim World League, based in Makkah, also criticized the events in Sweden, particularly due to their occurrence on one of the most sacred occasions in the Islamic calendar. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al Issa, the Secretary-General of the Muslim World League, warned of the perils associated with actions that promote hatred, incite religious sentiments, and solely serve the interests of extremism.