Iraq informs Sweden to cut off diplomatic relations
Today, the media office of the Iraqi Prime Minister confirmed that the emergency meeting, which was held under the chairmanship of Iraqi Prime Minister Muhammad Shia’ al-Sudani, condemned the burning of the Swedish embassy in Baghdad.
The office stated in a statement that the Iraqi Prime Minister, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Muhammad Shia’ al-Sudani, chaired an emergency meeting that included the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Interior, the Head of the National Security Service and the Undersecretary of the National Intelligence Service, the Chief of Staff of the Army and the Deputy Commander of Joint Operations, against the backdrop of granting the Swedish government a license to burn the Holy Qur’an, and the Swedish embassy fire in Baghdad.
He added that it was decided during the emergency meeting to refer those responsible for the burning of the embassy, who were arrested, to the judiciary, as well as to refer the negligent security officials to investigation, and to take legal measures against them, and in this regard, the Iraqi government renews its assurances of commitment to the security and protection of all diplomatic missions, and to address any attack targeting them.
He pointed out that the meeting condemned the burning of the embassy, and considered it a security breach that must be dealt with immediately, and those responsible for security should be held accountable.
The statement confirmed that the Iraqi government informed the Swedish government yesterday, through diplomatic channels, to go to sever diplomatic relations with Sweden in the event of a recurrence of the incident of burning the Holy Qur’an on its soil, and to grant approvals under the pretext of freedom of expression.
He continued, “Iraq condemns the continuation of the Swedish authorities in such provocative positions against the beliefs and sanctities of others.”