Iran won't send an ambassador to Stockholm because of the Quran burning incident in Sweden

In response to Wednesday's burning of a copy of the Quran in Stockholm, police step in

Following the burning of a Quran outside a mosque in the nation's capital, Stockholm, a protester has refused to allow the Iranian government to send a new ambassador to Sweden.

On the first day of Eid al-Adha, a refugee who was born in Iraq set fire to the Qur'an outside a mosque.

Last week, Swedish police accused him of inciting hatred against a national or ethnic group.

Hossein Amirabdollahian, the foreign minister of Iran, accused the administration of giving him a permit to protest.

In recent months, riots have broken out in Sweden as a result of plans to burn copies of the Quran. Similar protest applications had recently been denied by the police, but courts later decided that they should be approved on the grounds of freedom of expression.

Muslims view the Quran as a sacred text from God and find it deeply offensive when it is intentionally harmed or treated disrespectfully.

Despite having a new ambassador appointed, Mr. Amirabdollahian stated that Tehran would not be sending them.

He posted a statement on Twitter explaining that the delay in dispatching them was caused by the Swedish government's approval of a permit to desecrate the Holy Koran.

The man who burned the Quran has been requested to be extradited by the Swedish government and the foreign ministry of Iraq. They argued that he ought to stand trial in Baghdad because he still has Iraqi citizenship.

Following the incident, Moqtaha al-Sadr, a populist Shia cleric, ordered a raid on the Swedish embassy in Iraq by thousands of Iraqi protesters. After fifteen minutes, they left as soon as a security force was called in.

Ulf Kristersson, the prime minister of Sweden, condemned the raid on the embassy but added that it was time for Sweden to consider its identity.

Naturally, it is wholly unacceptable for individuals to forcibly enter Swedish embassies abroad. I believe that Sweden needs to reflect as well. There is no justification for insulting others given the dire security situation, he said.

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, based in Saudi Arabia, called on its member states to take "unified and collective measures" to stop nations from committing acts of book burning after holding an emergency meeting in Jeddah on Sunday.

The burning of the Quran, according to the secretary general Hissein Brahim Taha, was "not merely ordinary Islamophobia incidents," and he urged all nations to abide by international law, which "clearly prohibits any advocacy of religious hatred.".

Following the incident, a number of nations—including Morocco, Kuwait, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates—recalled their ambassadors to Stockholm.

It has also caused resentment in other Muslim-majority countries, such as Turkey, a Nato member with a say in whether Sweden joins.

The nation's foreign minister stated on Twitter on Wednesday that it was "unacceptable" to permit anti-Islamic demonstrations in the name of free speech.

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