Iran summons Norway envoy

The Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned Norwegian charge d'affaires in Tehran to express its condemnation and strong protest over the sacrilegious act of setting on fire Muslims' holy book Quran by the extremist group Stop Islamization In Norway (SIAN).

Iran PressEurope: The Norwegian envoy was warned against serious consequences of such Islamophobiac acts leading to the spread of extremism and violence, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

Last week, SIAN held a local rally in which its leader Lars Thorsen tried to burn a copy of the Holy Quran despite warnings from the police. A scuffle broke out after an unknown man tried to stop Thorsen from burning the Quran and both of them were detained.

It is not possible to insult beliefs of more than one and half billion Muslims under the pretext of freedom of expression, the head of North Europe Desk at Iran's Foreign Ministry told the Norwegian diplomat.

The anti-Islamic group was founded in the early 2000s and has stated its goal to counter the spread of Islam. The group claims that Islam violates the Norwegian constitution and is in violation of democratic and human values.

The Norwegian Charge d'Affaires, on his part, said he would convey Iran's protest to his respective government and said the Government in Oslo is committed to protect Muslims and prevent acts of extremism.

SIAN's anti-Islamic act of insulting the Holy Quran has been widely condemned in the Islamic World.



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