April 23
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A number of Arab states have sharply criticized right-wing extremists for the act of burning the Koran in Sweden, TASS reports citing Sky News Arabia

The Saudi leadership noted that supporters of leader of the Danish right-wing extremist party Hard Deal Rasmus Paludan deliberately provoke Muslims and desecrate their sacred symbols.

Jordanian Foreign Ministry spokesman said that these actions are contrary to freedom of religion and belief, and also violate the principles of peaceful coexistence of peoples. He called on the international community to join forces to combat the ideas of extremism and intolerance and to prevent insults on religious grounds.

In turn, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry summoned the charge d'affaires of Sweden in Baghdad and strongly protested to the Swedish diplomat about the desecration of the Koran.

The Iraqi authorities said that this problem entails serious consequences for relations between Sweden and the Arab-Muslim world.

On Thursday, riots broke out in a number of Swedish cities after it became known that Paludan intended to hold anti-Islamic demonstrations in them - a public burning of the Koran.

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