Moscow (IP) - The ambassadors and diplomats of 12 Islamic and non-Islamic countries, in a meeting which was initiated and hosted by the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Russia, condemned the actions taken in some western countries to desecrate the Holy Quran.

Iran PressEurope: The meeting of the diplomats of 12 Islamic and non-Islamic countries was held in Moscow with the ambassadors of Iran, Syria, Iraq and Burundi and the deputies and senior diplomats of the embassies of Pakistan, Türkiye, Lebanon, Palestine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, India and Mexico in attendance.

Delivering a speech at the meeting, Kazem Jalali, Iran's ambassador to Russia, said: "Repeated desecration of the Holy Quran in Sweden and Denmark under the pretext of freedom of speech are a shameful display of the double-standard policy of the West in respecting human rights standards and an act aimed at spreading hatred and violence against the Devine religion of Islam.

Iran's Ambassador to Russia added: "The actions of the governments of Sweden and Denmark even contradict the EU's own standards, as the spokesperson of the European External Action Service stated that burning the Holy Quran or any other holy book is offensive, disrespectful and a provocative act and signals  racism, xenophobia and intolerance related to it should not have a place in Europe."

According to international standards, freedom of expression should not lead to religious incitement and hatred.

Salvan Momika, an Iraqi-Swedish citizen, together with another person, again in a violent act, set fire to a copy of the Holy Quran, this time outside the Parliament of Sweden.

Previously (Thursday, July 20) for the second time in a few weeks, Salvan Momika insulted the Holy Quran with the support of the Swedish police. A violent action that brought the reaction of Muslim countries.

After that, the members of an Islamophobic and far-right Danish nationalist group called "Patriots of Denmark" in a heinous act, burned a copy of the Holy Quran outside the Iraqi Embassy and again outside the Egyptian and Turkish embassies in Copenhagen.

These brazen actions were also met with the reaction of the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, and while expressing solidarity with the Islamic community, he condemned any action in the direction of Islamophobia that leads to an increase of tensions.


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