Blaming extremists, Denmark eyes exploring ways to limit Quran burning
In a separate statement, Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson declares that his country will be taking similar steps.
On Sunday, the government of Denmark announced intentions to look into legal means to stop protests that involve burning holy texts in certain situations, basing their claim on security concerns after international backlash over Sweden and Denmark's Quran desecration.
Arguing that it played into the hands of extremists, the government, in its Foreign Ministry statement, said it wants to "explore" intervening in circumstances where "other countries, cultures, and religions are being insulted, and where this could have significant negative consequences for Denmark, not least with regard to security."
It added, "This must of course be done within the framework of the constitutionally protected freedom of expression and in a manner that does not change the fact that freedom of expression in Denmark has very broad scope," calling it one of the country's most important values.
According to the statement, the protests have "reached a level where Denmark, in many parts of the world across continents, is being viewed as a country that facilitates insult and denigration of the cultures, religions, and traditions of other countries."
The "primary purpose" of some of the actions, it continued, was meant to provoke and "could have significant consequences."
In response to the Quran desecration, Danish and Swedish envoys were summoned from Middle Eastern nations. Reactions across the Middle East continue to inflate and spread as European nations not only continue to protect suspects but continue to sleep on taking any action to prosecute them.
In a separate statement, Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson declared he maintained close contact with Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen and that his country was taking similar steps.
"We have also started to analyze the legal situation already... in order to consider measures to strengthen our national security and the security of Swedes in Sweden and around the world," Kristersson said in an Instagram post.
As a result, both Saudi Arabia and Iraq have called for a meeting, due to be held on Monday, by the Jeddah-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to discuss the desecration in both European countries.
The Iraqi Foreign Ministry said the OIC meeting is expected to tackle "the most important collective procedures and positions of the member states," in addition to "mechanisms to confront the phenomenon of Islamophobia."