Quran-burning in Sweden exacerbates tensions with Turkey over NATO bid

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Protests in Stockholm against Turkey, including the burning of a copy of the Quran, heightened tensions at a time when the Nordic country needs Ankara’s backing to gain entry to the NATO military alliance.

During the protests on Saturday in the Swedish capital, an anti-immigrant politician from the far-right fringe burned a copy of the Quran near the Turkish embassy, according to media reports.

Turkey condemned the demonstration as “vile” and cancelled a planned visit by Sweden’s defense chief to Ankara intended to try to address Turkey’s objections to Sweden joining NATO.




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