Protests in Stockholm, together with Koran-burning, draw robust condemnation from Turkey -

STOCKHOLM, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Protests in Stockholm on Saturday towards Turkey and Sweden's bid to be part of NATO, together with the burning of a copy of the Koran, sharply heightened tensions with Turkey at a time when the Nordic nation wants Ankara's backing to benefit entry to the defense force alliance.

"We condemn within the strongest viable phrases the vile assault on our holy ebook ... enabling this anti-Islam act, which targets Muslims and insults our sacred values, beneath the guise of freedom of expression is completely unacceptable," the Turkish overseas Ministry stated.

Its observation turned into issued after an anti-immigrant baby-kisser from the far-appropriate fringe burned a duplicate of the Koran near the Turkish Embassy. The Turkish ministry entreated Sweden to take indispensable movements towards the perpetrators and invited all international locations to take concrete steps towards Islamophobia.

A separate protest took area within the city supporting Kurds and towards Sweden's bid to be part of NATO. a gaggle of pro-Turkish demonstrators also held a rally outside the embassy. All three routine had police allows.

Swedish overseas Minister Tobias Billstrom observed that Islamophobic provocations were appalling.

"Sweden has a much-achieving freedom of expression, however doesn't imply that the Swedish government, or myself, assist the opinions expressed," Billstrom pointed out on Twitter.

The Koran-burning become conducted via Rasmus Paludan, chief of Danish far-correct political birthday celebration complicated Line. Paludan, who also has Swedish citizenship, has held a couple of demonstrations in the past where he has burned the Koran.

Paludan could not automatically be reached through email for a comment. within the allow he obtained from police, it says his protest become held against Islam and what it known as Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's try to influence freedom of expression in Sweden.

a few Arab nations together with Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Kuwait denounced the Koran-burning. "Saudi Arabia calls for spreading the values of debate, tolerance, and coexistence, and rejects hatred and extremism," the Saudi overseas Ministry mentioned in a pre ss release.

Sweden and Finland utilized ultimate year to join NATO following Russia's invasion of Ukraine but all 30 member states should approve their bids. Turkey has pointed out Sweden in selected ought to first take a clearer stance towards what it sees as terrorists, certainly Kurdish militants and a group it blames for a 2016 coup effort.

on the demonstration to protest Sweden's NATO bid and to reveal support for Kurds, speakers stood in entrance of a big crimson banner studying "we are all PKK", referring to the Kurdistan laborers party it is outlawed in Turkey, Sweden, and the united s tates amongst different countries, and addressed several hundred professional-Kurdish and left-wing supporters.

"we will proceed our opposition to the Swedish NATO software," Thomas Pettersson, spokesperson for Alliance in opposition t NATO and one of organizers of the demonstration, advised Reuters.

Police said the condition become calm at all three demonstrations.

past on Saturday, Turkey mentio ned that as a result of lack of measures to avert protests, it had cancelled a deliberate discuss with to Ankara via the Swedish defence minister.

"At this point, the consult with of Swedish defense Minister friend Jonson to Turkey on January 27 has become meaningless. So we cancelled the talk over with," Defence Minister Hulusi Akar mentioned.

Jonson mentioned one by one that he and Akar had met on Friday during a gathering of Western allies in Germany and had decided to delay the deliberate assembly.

Akar said he had discussed with Erdogan the inability of measures to preclude protests in Sweden towards Turkey and had conveyed Ankara's response to Jonson on the sidelines of a gathering of the Ukraine Defence Contact neighborhood.

"it is unacceptable now not to make a circulation or react to those (protests). The quintessential issues obligatory to be carried out, measures may still have been taken," Akar stated, in accordance with an announcement by Turkish Defence Ministry.

Turkey' s overseas Ministry had already summoned Sweden's ambassador on Friday over the deliberate protests.

Finland and Sweden signed a 3-means settlement with Turkey in 2022 aimed toward overcoming Ankara's objections to their membership of NATO. Sweden says it has fulfilled its part of the memorandum however Turkey is traumatic more, including extradition of a hundred thirty people it deems to be terrorists.

(This story has been corrected to eradicate the erroneous reference to Morocco within the ninth paragraph)

Reporting by means of Omer Berberoglu in Istanbul and Niklas Pollard and Simon Johnson in Stockholm further reporting by means of Moaz Abd-Alaziz in Cairo Writing by using Ezgi Erkoyun and Niklas Pollard modifying by Toby Chopra and Frances Kerry

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