The Foreign Minister of the Maldives, Abdulla Shahid, has taken to Twitter to condemn an event in which the Quran was desecrated by a Swedish politician. The Minister's tweet came after members of the public criticized the Maldivian government for not condemning the event.
According to media reports, a group of radical politicians held a rally in Sweden near the Turkish embassy, where they chanted Quranic verses and shouted anti-Turkish slogans. The protesters also desecrated copies of the Quran.
The Maldivian government has not issued a statement on the incident, and the opposition has also expressed concern over the government's silence. After facing criticism, Minister Shahid condemned the ill treatment of the Holy Quran, but did not specifically condemn the Swedish government for allowing the event to take place.
Many people are still criticizing the government for not taking a stronger stance on the issue. The Maldives has a history of speaking out against acts of desecration against the Islamic faith, and other countries and leaders around the world have already condemned the incident. Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Kuwait have also expressed their displeasure over the desecration of the Quran.
In response to the event, Saudi Arabia stated that while it supports freedom of expression, it also believes in respecting other religions and opposing any acts that call for violence or incite hatred.