UAE summons Sweden's ambassador over burning of Holy Quran in Stockholm

Al Azhar commends UAE's response to the incident, urges Islamic countries to take similar and clear positions


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Published: Thu 29 Jun 2023, 7:13 PM

Last updated: Fri 30 Jun 2023, 10:03 AM

UAE's Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden to the UAE, Liselott Andersson, to express the UAE's strong protest and condemnation of the Swedish government allowing extremists to burn copies of the Holy Quran in the capital, Stockholm.

The UAE stressed that Sweden disregarded its international responsibilities and demonstrated a lack of respect for social values in this regard, emphasising the importance of monitoring hate speech and expressions of racism that negatively impact peace and security. Furthermore, the Ministry expressed its rejection of the use of freedom of expression as justification for such heinous acts.

Ayesha Bin Suwaidan Al Suwaidi, Director of the European Affairs Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, delivered the note of protest to the Ambassador, affirming the UAE's rejection of all practices aimed at undermining security and stability in contravention of human values and principles. The note underscored that hate speech and extremism can contribute to the outbreak, escalation and recurrence of conflict worldwide.

Furthermore, the note stressed the need to respect religious symbols and avoid incitement and polarisation at a time when the international community needs to work together to reaffirm a commitment to upholding the universal principles of tolerance and peaceful coexistence. The note also emphasised that these principles should be promoted and implemented to achieve stability, and sustainable development.

Later, Al Azhar commended UAE's condemnation of the incident, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' summoning of the Swedish Ambassador to the UAE.

In a statement, Al Azhar Al Sharif expressed its appreciation for this honourable Emirati stance, calling in the same context for the mobilisation of resolve to defend the Holy Quran and the sanctities of Muslims.

Islam's most prestigious institution also urged Islamic countries to take similar and clear positions to express their rejection of such acts that will only fuel fanaticism and hatred and spread evil and conflict.


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