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Sudan Condemns Quran Burning in Sweden

Sudan on Thursday condemned the burning of a copy of the Quran in the Swedish capital of Stockholm on the first day of Eid al-Adha, Islam’s major religious festival, according to Sudan’s Foreign Ministry.

“The Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses strong condemnation of tearing and burning of the holy Quran by an extremist in the Swedish capital, Stockholm,” the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry described the incident as “a disgraceful and provocative act to Muslims around the world on the occasion of Eid al-Adha.”

“This act contradicts the values of respect for others and their sanctities and fuels hatred among followers of divine religions,” the statement said.

The ministry further expressed concern about the repeated phenomenon of burning the holy Quran and crimes of contempt of religions, stressing rejection of all practices that affect religious beliefs.

It called for upholding the common denominators of tolerance, acceptance of others, and peaceful coexistence among peoples.

A Swedish citizen of Iraqi origin reportedly tore up a copy of the Quran and burned it in front of a Stockholm mosque on Wednesday during a demonstration authorized by the Swedish authorities, which sparked furious reactions in the Arab and Islamic world.