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The incident is the latest in a series of Quran burnings in Sweden and Denmark that have sparked protests in the Middle East.

Two demonstrators set fire to a copy of Islam’s holy book, the Koran, outside the Iraqi embassy in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark.

The duo from a group calling themselves the Danish Patriots stomped on the Koran on Monday and set it on fire in an aluminum tray next to the Iraqi flag on the ground.

Shortly after the incident, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry called on authorities in European Union countries to quickly reconsider the so-called freedom of expression and the right to protest, according to the Iraqi state news agency INA.

Far-right ultra-nationalist Danish Patriots staged a similar protest last week and streamed the events live on Facebook.

After the incident last week, Danish Foreign Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen condemned it as an act of stupidity by a few individuals, telling national broadcaster DR: It is a shameful act to insult the religion of others.

This applies to the burning of Korans and other religious symbols. It has no other purpose than to provoke and create division, he said. He noted, however, that burning religious books was not a crime in Denmark.

Tension between Muslim countries and the two Scandinavian nations escalated last month after a 37-year-old Christian Iraqi refugee in Sweden, Salwan Momika, burned pages of the Koran during the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha.

On Sunday, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, a coalition of 57 Muslim countries, suspended Sweden’s status as special envoy for the series of Quran burnings, saying the decision was due to Swedish authorities issuing licenses allowing repeated abuse of the sanctity of the Holy Quran and Islamic symbols.

Supporters of the former paramilitary group Hashd al-Shaabi burn a Swedish flag during a protest in Tahrir Square in Baghdad (File: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP)

The day before, several thousand Iraqis had demonstrated in Baghdad against Islamophobic demonstrations in the two Scandinavian countries.

Iraqi security forces repelled the protest 48 hours after the Swedish embassy in Baghdad was stormed and set on fire in protest at the planned burning of the Muslim holy book in Stockholm.

Thursday’s anti-Islam demonstration in Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, prompted Middle Eastern states, including Saudi Arabia and Iran, the regions at the helm of Sunni and Shia powers, to summon Swedish diplomats in protest.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Saturday urged Sweden to hand over the culprits to the judicial authorities of Islamic nations.

The Swedish government should know that by supporting the criminal who burned the Holy Quran, he has sided with the battle for war against the Muslim world, he said on Twitter.

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