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    UK: Quran burning, desecration deeply insulting to Muslims

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    Britain has denounced the vandalism and burning of the Quran, Islam’s sacred book, in Stockholm, Sweden.

    The British government said in a written statement given by a representative for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) that such activities are “deeply insulting to Muslims around the world and completely inappropriate.”

    The Foreign Office stated that the UK condemns hostility based on religion or belief, adding, “We will defend freedom of religion or belief for all, and promote mutual respect.” We recognise the profound grief endured by Muslims across the world as a result of the Qur’an’s burning.”

    Arab and Islamic powers condemned Sweden’s approval of the Quran’s destruction.

    On Thursday, a throng of Iraqis attacked Sweden’s embassy in Baghdad and set it on fire in protest of Salwan Momika, an Iraqi-born man who now resides in Sweden, who burned a copy of the Quran on June 28.

    Many nations denounced the incident, including the United governments, Russia, Turkey, Iraq, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Afghanistan, as well as other Islamic governments.

    Momika desecrated another copy of the Quran and the Iraqi flag in front of the Iraqi Embassy in Stockholm after assaulting Sweden’s diplomatic mission.

    In reaction to the repeated incident, the Iraqi government warned Sweden that if such desecrations of the Muslim sacred book persisted, it would cut diplomatic ties.

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