Turkish Presidential Spokesman condemns heinous act on Quran in Hague

European countries need to put an end to crimes against the Quran, Turkish Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said, SIA refers to Turkish media.

"We strongly condemn another activity against our holy book, which took place in the Netherlands after Sweden," Kalin wrote on Twitter.

"It’s impossible to cover up this hate crime by speaking of freedom and tolerance," he added.

The Turkish presidential spokesman’s statement came in response to the January 22 incident in the Hague, where Edwin Wagensveld, leader of the Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West (PEGIDA) far-right movement, tore the Quran in front of the Dutch parliament building.

On Tuesday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned the Dutch ambassador to Ankara to protest the Quran desecration incident.

Ankara earlier condemned the burning of the Quran in front of Turkey’s embassy in the Swedish capital of Stockholm. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in this regard that Sweden should not expect Ankara to support its NATO bid following anti-Turkish activities in Stockholm.

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