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Saudi summons Denmark charge d’affaires over Quran desecration

July 29, 2023
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Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has summoned Denmark’s charge d’affaires over the recent desecration of the Quran in Copenhagen.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the Kingdom presented the Danish diplomat with a protest note calling to stop these disgraceful acts, which violate all religious teachings, and international laws and norms.

The Kingdom rejects all actions that encourage and fuel religious hatred.

The Kingdom’s protests come after members of a Danish far-right anti-Islamic group “Danish Patriots” carried out a number of burning Islamic holy books during the past week in front of the Iraqi, Egyptian, Turkish, and Pakistani embassies in the Danish capital.

Two similar incidents occurred in Sweden on June 28 and July 20.

The desecration of Quran copies in Sweden and Denmark sparked widespread anger across the many Muslim countries including Qatar, Jordan, Morocco, Turkey, the UAE, Iran, and Yemen protesting in response.

On July 21, Saudi Arabia summoned the Swedish charge d’affaires in the country to condemn the burning and desecration of the Quran.

On  July 27, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) announced that an extraordinary virtual session for the Council of Foreign Ministers of Member States will be held on Monday, July 31.

Taking to Twitter, OIC said that the session was requested by Saudi Arabia and Iraq in order to discuss these repeated incidents.

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