Turkish Foreign Ministry accused Sweden of violating commitments to join NATO

Turkey accused Sweden of violating commitments to join NATO because of a rally

Turkish Foreign Ministry condemned Swedish authorities for a Quran-burning action outside the Turkish embassy.

Earlier, Rasmus Paludan, the leader of the right-wing Danish party Tough Course, held a rally near the Turkish Embassy in Sweden and burned a Muslim holy book. The authorities of the country sanctioned the event.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the authorization of a propaganda demonstration by groups affiliated with the terrorist organization PKK (the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, banned in Turkey – ed.), in downtown Stockholm, just after the vile attack on … Holy Quran. This is a clear violation of the tripartite memorandum signed by Sweden to prevent the propaganda of terrorist organizations,” Turkish Foreign Ministry RIA Novosti reported.

Ankara stressed that it expects Sweden to take “concrete and effective steps beyond rhetoric, especially in the fight against terrorism” in accordance with its NATO commitments.

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