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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