Iraqi, Danish foreign ministers discuss Denmark’s legislation criminalizing the desecration of the Quran

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Iraqi, Danish foreign ministers discuss Denmark's legislation criminalizing the desecration of the Quran
Iraqi, Danish foreign ministers discuss Denmark's legislation criminalizing the desecration of the Quran

Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein met with his Danish counterpart, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, to discuss Denmark’s new law that criminalizes Quran burning.

According to an official press release, Hussein expressed his appreciation for the Danish government’s decision to criminalize the burning or desecration of the Holy Quran and other holy scriptures.

Hussein welcomed the Danish government’s move to uphold the respect and sanctity of religious texts. This is especially important given the outrage from global communities regarding similar acts in certain European countries.

Although the Iraqi government respects freedom of expression as stipulated in the Danish Constitution, Hussein emphasized that the desecration of sacred texts, revered by millions of Muslims and others worldwide, shouldn’t be allowed.

Actions like these stoke hatred, exacerbate divisions among human societies, and jeopardize peaceful coexistence. They also impact bilateral relations between Islamic and European countries,” he said.

We hope this new legislation will be adopted promptly and we fully support it.

The Danish Foreign Minister emphasized that freedom of expression is a cornerstone of a free democracy and condemned the behavior as not representative of Danish society.

He noted that the Danish government punishes religious disrespect and protects rights related to holy scriptures.

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