Kuwaiti on Saturday strongly condemned and denounced the burning by an extremist of a copy of the Holy Quran in front of the Turkish embassy in Stockholm.
23 January 2023, 12:00 AM
28 February 2023, 12:00 AM
Kuwait on Saturday condemned the burning of a copy of the Quran, Islam’s holy book, by a Swedish-Danish right-wing extremist in the Swedish capital, Stockholm.
Under police protection, Rasmus Paludan, the leader of Stram Kurs (Hard Line) Party, burnt a copy of the Quran near the Turkish Embassy’s building.
The incident "hurts Muslims' sentiments across the world and marks serious provocation,” Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah said in statements cited by the state news agency KUNA.
In a press statement, the minister called on the international community to shoulder responsibility by stopping such unacceptable acts and denouncing all forms of hatred and extremism and bringing the perpetrators to accountability. He also called for differentiating between politics and religion, promoting the values of dialogue, tolerance and peaceful coexistence among peoples and preventing any form of blasphemy of all divine religions.
Turkey on Saturday canceled a planned visit by Sweden’s defense minister in response to the Nordic country’s issuing of permits for anti-Turkish protests. Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said the scheduled Jan. 27 visit by his Swedish counterpart Pål Jonson would not take place.
He said the meeting no longer held “any importance or point” because Sweden continued to allow “disgusting” demonstrations against Turkey. Jonsson said in a Twitter post that he met Akar at a defense ministers meeting in Ramstein, Germany, on Friday where they “agreed to postpone” the meeting in Ankara.