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Thursday, 02 February 2023 08:21 GMT

Turkish queries Sweden's ties to NATO


(MENAFN) Sweden has come under fire from Turkey for allegedly failing to enforce laws against "terrorist" organizations and suppress their "propaganda" in accordance with a deal it made in order to get Ankara's approval to join NATO. An anti-Islam protester was given permission to burn a copy of the Koran on Saturday near the Turkish Embassy in Stockholm, sparking the most recent diplomatic spat.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry claimed in a declaration that “we condemn in the strongest possible terms the vile attack on our holy book.” Noting, “permitting this anti-Islam act, which targets Muslims and insults our sacred values, under the guise of ‘freedom of expression’ is completely unacceptable.”

At a small rally in Stockholm earlier on Saturday, anti-Islam activist Rasmus Paludan, a Danish-Swedish lawyer and leader of the right-wing 'Stram Kurs' (Hard Line) party in Denmark, set fire to a copy of the Qur'an with permission and heavy police protection, despite efforts by the authorities to distance themselves from the provocative stunt.

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