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Lebanon condemns Quran burning plan

sulemanLebanese President Michel Sleiman has condemned a US church’s plan to burn copies of the Muslim holy book to mark the ninth anniversary of 9/11 attacks.

Speaking on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, Sleiman said on Wednesday that the controversial decision contradicts Christian teachings and humanitarian values such as love and respect, a Press TV correspondent reported.

“The president condemns the announcement of a religious group in the United States of its intention to openly burn copies of the Quran,” read a statement released by the president’s office.

Burning the Quran “is a clear contradiction of the teachings of the three Abrahamic religions and of dialogue among the three faiths,” Christianity, Islam and Judaism, AFP quoted the Christian president as saying.

Pastor Terry Jones, who is part of the Dove World Outreach Center, a small evangelical Christian church in Gainesville, Florida, with an anti-Islam philosophy, has threatened to burn some 200 copies of the Quran on Saturday evening, the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

The threat has drawn international condemnation with Muslims launching protest rallies around the globe.

US officials have also denounced the plan but no legal measure has been taken yet to block the blasphemous move.

The US State Department also called the move “un-American,” while the US Attorney General Eric Holder called the idea “idiotic and dangerous.”

EU Foreign Affairs Chief Catherine Ashton condemned the planned act, while Arab League chief Amr Mussa dubbed Jones a “fanatic”.

The Vatican council has blasted the Florida church’s scheme as “deplorable acts of violence.”

Many Muslim countries, including Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Indonesia have already held massive demonstrations against the US church’s intent.

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