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Saudi FM Calls on Sweden to Take Action Against Quran Burning

Saudi Arabia and Sweden exchanged phone calls on Friday, with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan reiterating the Kingdom’s absolute rejection of all attempts to offend the Quran.
Prince Faisal also called on Sweden to take immediate measures against such extremist actions that hurt the sentiments of Muslims around the world.
In response, Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Billström expressed his country’s condemnation and denunciation of burnings of the Quran.
Billström also relayed his deep regret over how certain people in his country exploit the right to freedom of expression granted by the Swedish constitution.
He further reassured Prince Faisal that Sweden seeks to stop all offensive acts toward all faiths and religious texts.
The phone calls come after an Iraqi citizen living in Sweden burned pages from the Quran outside a Stockholm mosque on Wednesday.
The incident sparked outrage across the Muslim world, with many countries calling on Sweden to take action.
Sweden has since condemned the incident and opened an investigation.
The phone calls between the two foreign ministers are seen as an attempt to defuse tensions and build bridges between the two countries.

On the other hand, far-right protesters in Copenhagen burned copies of the Quran in front of the Egyptian and Turkish embassies last week, following a string of Quran burnings in Denmark and Sweden in the past week, in an anti-Islam demonstration that sparked outrage across the Muslim world.

The protesters, who call themselves the “Danish Patriots,” have staged a series of Quran burnings in recent weeks, live-streaming the incidents on Facebook.

The latest protest came after hundreds of protesters stormed the Swedish embassy in Baghdad last week in response to a Quran burning in Stockholm.

Muslim nations condemned the burning of Islam’s holy book, while in some Muslim-majority countries, people took to the streets to protest.

The Danish government has condemned the Quran burnings but has said it cannot prevent them under the country’s laws on freedom of expression.

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