After burning the Koran: Iran summons German chargé d’affaires
A burning of the Koran is said to have taken place in Hamburg on Saturday. Iran then summoned the German chargé d’affaires.
HAMBURG/TEHRAN dpa | After the Koran was burned in Hamburg, Iran summoned the German chargé d’affaires. This was announced by the Iranian Foreign Ministry on Monday. The Foreign Office said the deputy ambassador was in Tehran for a talk at the Foreign Ministry on Monday. According to Iranian sources, the background to this is the desecration of the Koran in front of the Islamic Center in Hamburg, which is also known as the Blue Mosque.
According to the police, a small group demonstrated there on Saturday at a registered meeting in front of the Blue Mosque. In addition to insults against visitors to the Islamic Center, a Koran was also torn up and some pages have been burned.
Iran blamed the German government for the incident and called for an “immediate and consistent” response. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani warned of the consequences. “Iran strongly condemns the provocative action of a small group of rioters against the Koran and Islamic sanctities in front of the Islamic Center in Hamburg.”
the Blue Mosque is managed by the Islamic Center Hamburg (IZH) operated, which the Hamburg Office for the Protection of the Constitution classifies as extremist. The authority regards the IZH as an outpost of Tehran in Europe.