Turkey Cancels Swedish Minister Visit in Response to “Vile” Koran Burning Protest

Turkey has strongly condemned a protest in Stockholm, Sweden, which included the burning of a Koran. On Sunday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan denounced the protest as “vile”.

In response to the incident, Turkey has cancelled the visit of the Swedish defence minister to the country. The visit was scheduled to take place on Monday, but was cancelled due to the Swedish government’s decision to grant a permit for the protest.

The cancellation of the visit has been widely reported by international media outlets, including Reuters, WION, Al Jazeera English, BBC, and FRANCE 24 English.

In a statement, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the Swedish government had “failed to take necessary measures to prevent such an event from taking place”.

He added that Turkey would not accept any “attempt to insult the values of our people and our sacred beliefs”.

The Swedish government has yet to respond to Turkey’s decision to cancel the visit of the defence minister.