Iraq's foreign minister welcomed Denmark's decision on criminalizing the burning or desecration of the Holy Quran.

Iran PressMiddle East: The Danish government on Friday said it will propose a law that would make it illegal to desecrate any holy book in Denmark, where a recent string of public desecrations of the Quran by a handful of anti-Islam activists has sparked angry demonstrations in Muslim countries.

Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein, discussed with his Danish counterpart, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Denmark's enactment of a law that criminalizes the burning of the Quran.

According to an official press release, Hussein appreciated "the stance of the Danish government and its legal move, by introducing a resolution that criminalizes the burning or desecration of the Holy Quran, as well as other holy scriptures."

Hussein welcomed this move by the Danish government, noting it upholds the respect and sanctity these religious texts hold, especially considering the many global communities that were outraged by such acts occurring in certain European countries.

While the Iraqi government respects the freedom of expression stipulated in the Danish Constitution, Hussein emphasized that this shouldn't allow for the desecration of these sacred texts, revered by millions of Muslims and others worldwide. 219