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In response to the burning of the Holy Quran in Sweden, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) announced it will hold a meeting in Jeddah, during which it will deem the perpetrators of this incident as “terrorists”.

Saudi Arabia has also called the burning of the Holy Quran part of frequent and hateful attacks against Islam.

Morocco summoned its ambassador from Sweden and the president of Turkey announced that this action casts a shadow on Sweden joining NATO.

Demonstrations against Sweden have been reportedly held in Pakistan, Iran, Iraq and a number of other Islamic countries. 

Egypt, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Tunisia and Palestine have also condemned the action.

The US Foreign Ministry also called this act ugly and disrespectful to religions.

Meanwhile, protesters in Iraq entered the Swedish embassy in Baghdad and announced their strong objection to the action in the country.

In addition, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan on Thursday strongly condemned the burning of the Holy Quran in Sweden and the move by Swedish authorities to grant permission for the act.

“Permission for such despicable acts in front of a mosque on one of the holiest days of Islam shows nothing more than the utter contempt towards this noble religion and its close to two billion adherents by the Swedish authorities,” the IEA’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“We call on all Muslim states and organizations, particularly the OIC, to take all appropriate measures in response to such odious acts across the world,” the statement added.

An Iraqi man filled a copy of the Holy Quran with bacon and burned it in Stockholm on Wednesday after police gave permission for a protest.

The inflammatory incident was carried out by two men outside the city’s main mosque on the first day of the Muslim three-day Eid ul-Adha holiday.