(MENAFN- Hip Hop-24) The spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry in the Middle East and North Africa, Dennis Komitat, condemned the burning of a copy of the Holy Qur’an (the Qur’an) by a right-wing extremist in the Swedish capital, Stockholm.
He said on Twitter, tweeting in Arabic, that the burning of the Qur'an "is a horrific and provocative matter, which aims to spread hatred and contribute to division among people."
He stressed the "support and respect" of the European Union countries for religious beliefs.
He added: "Europe supports freedom of belief and respect. We have to live these values. My sympathy goes out to all those who have been offended by anti-Islamic actions in Stockholm."
Yesterday, the European Commission called on the Swedish authorities to take steps regarding the incident of burning a copy of the Holy Quran.
Commission spokesman Johannes Baherke said at a press conference in the Belgian capital, Brussels, that such practices "are not in line with the values on which the European Union is based."
And on Saturday, the leader of the Danish far-right "hard line" party, Rasmus Paludan, burned a copy of the Qur'an near the Turkish embassy in the Swedish capital, Stockholm, amid protection from the police, who prevented anyone from approaching him while committing the crime.
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