Quran Burning Incident: Tension is increasing between Sweden and Turkey. Both countries are caught in the middle of a diplomatic struggle. On January 21, Rasmus Paludan, a Danish activist, set fire to the holy book of Islam, the Quran, outside the Turkish embassy in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. Since then, resentment has spread among the Turkish government and the people there. Apart from Turkey, many Muslim countries have condemned Sweden for this incident.
After the Koran burning incident, Turkey canceled the visit of Swedish Defense Minister Pal Jonsson to Ankara. Turkey is blaming the Swedish authorities for allowing the protests in Stockholm. Protesters are condemning Sweden’s state-backed Islamophobia for this.
Sweden trying to join NATO
Sweden is trying to join NATO. Regarding this, the issue related to NATO between Turkey and Sweden has been linked to the protests. A member can join NATO only when all the member countries agree. Meanwhile, Turkey is protesting against Sweden joining NATO.
Turkey already a member of NATO
The controversy over joining Sweden with NATO started from Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. Where the people involved in the protest demonstrated outside the Turkish Embassy. During the demonstration, Stram Kurs Rasmus Paludan, leader of the far-right Danish political party, burned a copy of the Quran. Many Muslim countries have condemned Sweden for burning the Quran. Responding to this, the supporters of Turkey burnt the national flag of Sweden.
Please tell that Turkey is already a member of NATO. Turkey is exercising its power to block Sweden’s application under certain conditions.