| 21 April 2024, Sunday |

Saudi, Turkish FM discuss preparations for emergency OIC meeting

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah held telephone talks on Saturday with his Turkish counterpart Hakan Fidan about the upcoming Organization for Islamic Cooperation emergency meeting that will be held in Jeddah.

The meeting will address the latest Quran-burning incident in Sweden that happened on the first day of Eid al-Adha.

The FMs discussed the preparations for the meeting, cooperation over regional issues and efforts to combat Islamophobia.

On Wednesday, a man who identified himself in Swedish media as a refugee, 37, from Iraq burned a Quran outside a mosque in central Stockholm as 200 Muslims were inside the mosque.

Swedish police had authorized the protest, citing freedom of speech, after a previous decision to ban a similar protest was overturned by a Swedish court.

The act drew widespread condemnation in the Muslim world.

Saudi Arabia strongly denounced the act. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday suggested that the incident would pose another obstacle to Sweden’s bid for NATO membership.

Saudi Arabia had called for the emergency OIC meeting as its president during its current round.

  • Asharq Al-Awsat