Kuwait condemns burning of Quran copy

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KUWAIT CITY, March 26: KUWAIT CITY, March 26, (KUNA): Kuwait condemned and denounced Saturday the burning of a copy of the Quran, Muslims’ Holy Book, and the Turkish flag by a group of extremists in the Danish capital Copenhagen, the Foreign Ministry stated. This new provocative act, which took place in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, risks stir anger of Muslims worldwide, the Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry warned in a statement. It renewed Kuwait’s principled calls on the international community and relevant governments to take swift actions to counter hatred and extremism and to bring to a halt the repeated offenses against Muslim symbols and sanctities.

The ministry called for holding perpetrators of such acts accountable and to make sure that the freedom of expression is not used to offend Islam or any other religion. It underlined the need for spreading the values of tolerance, peaceful co-existence among all people of the world. Meawnhile, the Arab Parliament on Sunday decried the burning of a copy of the Holy Book the Quran in the Danish capital. Recurrence of such provocative acts foments hatred, violence, threatens communities’ security and stability, said the parliament chairperson, Adel Al-Asoumi, in a statement.

“The burning of the sacred book is a barbaric act,” he said, noting that the provocative act happened during the fasting month of Ramadan. Al-Asoumi called for dissemination of ideal values such as co-existence and tolerance among peoples of the globe. “Those militants will not attain their vile objectives because the Islamic religion will remain standing, unruffled with such systematic campaigns,” he said, urging the international community to prohibit acts intended to desecrate all religions. Earlier this week, anti-Islam fanatics set a copy of the Quran afire along with the Turkish Flag outside premises of the Turkish embassy in Copenhagen.

Elsewhere, the Turkish Foreign Ministry on Saturday condemned the latest desecration of the Quran and the Turkish flag in Denmark. The official news agency, Anadolu, quoted a ministry statement as saying, “We condemn in the strongest terms the vile attack on our holy book the Quran and our glorious flag in Denmark.” Allowing such practices at pretext of freedom of expression is utterly rejected, the Turkish Foreign Ministry statement said.

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