The far-right politician Rasmus Paludan burned the Quran again, repeating his action that aroused indignation in front of the Turkish Embassy in Stockholm. After the scandalous act of Paludan, the world stood up. Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Sweden reacted.
Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Billström found Paludan’s burning of the Holy Quran “appalling”. Billström said on Twitter, “Islamophobic provocations are appalling. Sweden enjoys wide-ranging freedom of expression. However, this does not mean that we or the Swedish government or I support the views expressed.” said.
In a written statement made by the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it was stated that this action in Sweden, which threatens peaceful coexistence and incites violence and hatred, was not accepted and condemned. In the statement, “It is everyone’s responsibility to spread and strengthen the culture of acceptance and peace, to raise awareness of the values of tolerance and mutual respect, to avoid incitement to extremism, grudge and hatred.” expression was used.
Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the burning of the Holy Quran in Sweden in the strongest terms, describing it as a “heinous act”. In the statement made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it was stated that this insensitive and provocative action offended the religious sensitivities of more than 1.5 billion Muslims around the world.
In the statement, the burning of the Qur’an in Sweden was condemned in the strongest terms, describing it as a “heinous act”. Pointing out that such actions cannot be considered within the scope of legitimate freedom of expression, the statement reminded that freedom of expression carries obligations such as not making hate speech and not inciting people to violence under international law.
The statement called on the international community to show a common determination against Islamophobia, xenophobia, intolerance and incitement to violence on the basis of religion and belief, stressing that the world should work together for interfaith harmony and peaceful coexistence. Pointing out that Pakistan’s concerns about the issue were conveyed to the Swedish authorities, the statement asked Sweden to be sensitive to the sensitivities of the Pakistani people and Muslims around the world and to take steps to prevent Islamophobic acts.
Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Salim Abdullah al-Jaber al-Sabah stated that he strongly condemned the burning of the Quran by an extreme right-wing politician in Sweden and warned that such actions would provoke Muslims.
Sabah asked the international community to fulfill its responsibility to stop such unacceptable acts, prevent all forms of hatred and extremism, and hold their perpetrators to account. Sabah also called for “separating politics and religion, spreading the values of dialogue, tolerance and peaceful coexistence among peoples, and preventing all kinds of insults against all divine religions”.
The Saudi Arabian government condemned the Swedish authorities for allowing a far-right person to burn the Holy Quran. In a written statement made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia, it was noted that the Swedish authorities strongly condemned the permission of a far-right person to burn the Quran. The statement emphasized Saudi Arabia’s unwavering stance on spreading the values of dialogue, tolerance and coexistence, and preventing hatred and extremism.