Koran burning in Stockholm: Turkey cancels visit of Swedish Defense Minister

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Turkey reacted harshly to the fact that Rasmus Paludan, the leader of Sweden’s racist Tight Direction Party (Stram Kurs), known for his far-right views, was going to burn a Koran near the Turkish Embassy in Stockholm. After Sweden’s Ambassador to Turkey Staffan Herrström was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday, Swedish Defense Minister Pal Jonson’s visit to Turkey on Friday was also cancelled.

Before the action that took place today, Presidential Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey Mustafa Şentop and AKP spokesperson Ömer Çelik also reacted to the fact that the action was not prevented by the authorities.

Pro-Turkey activists gathered in front of the Embassy.

Minister Akar: It doesn’t matter

Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar, in his statement after the Ukraine Defense Contact Group Meeting in Germany, said, “At this point, the visit of Swedish Defense Minister Pal Jonson to Turkey on January 27 is neither important nor meaningful. Therefore, we canceled the visit. ” said.