Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian announced that his country will not send a new ambassador to Sweden, in protest against the burning of the Qur’an in front of a mosque in the Swedish capital, Stockholm.
Abdullahian said on his Twitter account today (Sunday): “Although the administrative procedures for appointing a new ambassador to Sweden have been completed, the process of dispatching him stopped because the Swedish government issued a permit to desecrate the Holy Quran.”
The Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned the Swedish Chargé d’Affairs (last Thursday) to denounce what it described as an insult to the holiest Islamic sanctities, and demonstrations took place in the capital, Tehran (Friday), in protest against the Swedish authorities’ permission to burn a copy of the Noble Qur’an.
University and religious institute students demonstrated in front of the Swedish embassy to protest against the Swedish authorities’ permission to burn a copy of the Holy Quran. Iranian state television reported that during the protests, demonstrators held banners bearing slogans such as “Down with the enemies of the Qur’an.”
An extremist of Iraqi origin tore up a Quran and burned it in front of the central mosque in Stockholm last Wednesday. Swedish police charged the man with incitement to an ethnic or national group.