Iran asks OIC for emergency meeting over Qur’an desecration in Sweden

2023-07-01 19:17:31
Iran asks OIC for emergency meeting over Qur’an desecration in Sweden

Iran has called for an "emergency" meeting of the foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on the recent blasphemous act against the Holy Qur’an in Sweden.

In a Friday phone conversation, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and the OIC Secretary-General Hissein Brahim Taha discussed the sacrilegious burning of a copy of the Qur'an outside a mosque in the Swedish capital, Stockholm.

Amir-Abdollahian said the OIC foreign ministers should hold the meeting at the earliest possible time to address the desecration.

He said the meeting can be convened at the same time as the Ministerial Meeting of the Coordinating Bureau of the Non-Aligned Movement in Baku, Azerbaijan, on July 5-6.

The top Iranian diplomat once again censured the recent "offensive and provocative" act against the Qur'an.

In a repeated and state-authorized instance of sacrilege against the Muslim holy book, two men stood outside the central mosque in Stockholm on Wednesday and burned a copy of the holy book following a go-ahead given by a Swedish court.

The move was made to coincide with the Muslim festivity of Eid al-Adha, which marks the conclusion of the annual Hajj pilgrimage that is partaken by millions of Muslims from across the world.

Many Arab and Muslim countries have condemned the move.

President Ebrahim Raeisi of Iran said Friday the Muslim world will never overlook the recent act of sacrilege against "the most valuable divine book" in a Western country that claims to defend free expression.

The OIC chief, meanwhile, hailed Iran's leading role in the organization and the attention it gives to the condemnation of the blasphemous act. He said the OIC plans to convene an emergency meeting in the Saudi city of Jeddah at the level of ambassadors and permanent representatives toward that end.


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