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Foreign Secretary comments on burning of the Qur'an

In reference to the proposed burning of the Qur'an, the Foreign Secretary William Hague has made a statement.

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After US pastor Terry Jones threatened to burn copies of the Qur’an on the anniversary of 9/11 in Florida the Foreign Secretary made the following statement:

“The burning of the Qur’an would be offensive not just to Muslims but to all supporters of religious freedom and tolerance worldwide. Eid is a time of celebration, charitable giving and family gathering. To seek to mar it in this calculated way would be selfish and provocative in the extreme. We hope that the individuals involved will reconsider and refrain from carrying out this act. This is of course a matter for the US authorities and we are in full agreement with the US administration’s reaction.”

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Published 9 September 2010