The Foreign Ministry’s Director of the North European Affairs summoned the envoy to convey Iran’s strong objection to the hideous move in Norway and warned of the perilous consequences of such acts, which could spread extremism and violence.
He said the hateful act hurt the sentiments of world Muslims, stressing that one cannot insult the beliefs and sanctities of more than 1.5 billion Muslims in the world under the pretext of freedom of expression.
He urged the Norwegian government to prevent the recurrence of such seditious acts.
The Norwegian charge d’affaires, for his turn, said he would convey Iran’s protest to the Oslo government and added that his country utterly rejects the move.
Oslo’s principled policy is to support freedom of expression and opinion and to prevent disseminating hate speech, the envoy said, adding that the Norwegian government is committed to protecting the safety of Muslims living in the country and preventing extremist and divisive measures.
In derogatory acts on Sunday, members of the “Stop Norway’s Islamization” (SIAN) in Kristiansand city desecrated two copies of the Holy Quran, while Lars Torrens, head of the anti-Islam organization, burned another copy.