US State Department spokesman Ned Price did not condemn the burning of the Quran in front of the Turkish embassy in Stockholm, but said the incident was insulting and disgusting and may have been done with malicious intent.
In response to questions from the daily press conference, Price also touched on the burning of the Holy Quran in front of the Turkish embassy in Stockholm.
“As elements of democracy, we support the right to organize and to assemble. But as the Swedish Prime Minister (Ulf Kristersson) said, burning a Bible for so many people is an act of disrespect.” He said.
Noting that whatever is legal does not mean appropriate, Price recalled that in 2010 a priest in Florida was planning a Qur’an-burning event, “Some things can be legal but they are ugly.” He said.
The spokesman said: “We are also aware that what happened in Sweden may have been done maliciously to weaken the unity between our European allies across the Atlantic.” He said.
When a TRT reporter asked if he would condemn this incident, Suzko said that the incident was very disturbing and disrespectful, but he did not directly condemn the incident.
The reporter said, “Even the United Nations condemned it, so what prevents the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from condemning it?” In response to a question from Price, “No one is defending what happened there. I’ve heard the same thing from high-ranking Swedish officials. Democracies have freedom of assembly. There is freedom of speech, and that freedom of speech can sometimes give people the right to commit disrespectful and disgusting acts.” All this determined what happened. gave the answer.
And the AA reporter said: “You used all kinds of expressions on this subject. You said disrespect, you said it was disgusting, you said it was disgusting, but you didn’t condemn it. Even Russia condemned it. Why don’t you condemn this act of hate?”
Price said, “I do not hesitate to condemn this act. As I said before, this is a disgusting act.” He answered, but still did not condemn him.
Confirming his previous statements, Price limited himself to saying that this act was “brutal” and that the perpetrator was “provocative”.
The spokesman argued that this action was not the doing of the Swedish government, but an act of malicious provocation acted with the intent of opening a wedge between Turkey and Sweden.
Price also expressed the willingness of Sweden and Finland to join NATO.
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