Dubai: Arab countries have denounced the Qur'an and Turkish flag burning that took place on Friday in Denmark by Islamophobic extremists.
Patrioterne Gar, a far-right anti-Muslim organisation On Facebook, supporters burned a copy of the Qur'an and the Turkish flag in front of the Turkish Embassy in Copenhagen as they carried banners with anti-Islamic messages.
According to the Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah, the Turkish Foreign Ministry condemned the incident as a "hate crime," adding that it would never accept such "vile actions being allowed under the guise of freedom of expression."
In addition, the ministry urged Danish authorities to prevent further incidents from occurring "that threaten social harmony and peaceful coexistence" by taking action against those responsible.
Arab countries have now condemned the extremists' actions, claiming that they incited animosity towards Muslims, particularly during the holy month of Ramadan.
The act incited racism and hatred, according to Sinan Majali, a spokesperson for the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates.
In a statement, Majali said that burning the Holy Qur'an cannot in any way be regarded as a form of free expression because it is a serious act of hatred and an expression of Islamophobia that encourages violence and insults to religions.
The statement continued by pleading with the Danish government to stop future incidents of this nature that "feed violence and hatred and threaten peaceful coexistence."
The Kuwait Foreign Ministry issued a statement warning that the burning of the Qur'an ran the risk of inciting a violent backlash from Muslims around the world.
In order to ensure that "freedom of expression is not used to offend Islam or any other religion," the ministry called for the perpetrators to be held accountable.
And Qatar denounced the burning of a copy of the Qur'an in the "strongest terms," stating that it was the latest incident in a "dangerous escalation" of incidents against Muslims.
The burning of the Qur'an in the name of freedom of expression, according to the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs, "threatens the values of peaceful coexistence and reveals abhorrent double standards."
Qatar's rejection of "all forms of hate speech based on belief, race, or religion" was reiterated by the ministry.
To "reject hatred, discrimination, incitement, and violence, underscoring the importance of upholding the principles of dialogue and mutual understanding," the Qatari foreign ministry issued a statement.