In Jakarta, the Swedish flag was set ablaze amid a NATO dispute with Turkey.

Protesters gathered outside Sweden’s embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Monday to protest a far-right Danish politician’s burning of a Quran.

Rasmus Paludan destroyed the Muslim holy book outside the Turkish embassy in Stockholm earlier this month.

The burning, along with other protests, has sparked a major diplomatic spat between Sweden and Turkey.

Sweden requires Turkey’s approval to join Nato, which is now under threat.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently stated that while his country may approve Finland’s bid, it will not approve Sweden’s.

This month has also seen anti-Sweden protests in Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Lebanon.

According to the Swedish embassy in Jakarta, the burning does not reflect the government’s position.

“We urge the Indonesian government not only to condemn this, but also to join the boycott of everything Swedish,” said Wati Salam, a protester in Jakarta.

“What they [the Swedes] did was an insult to our holy scripture,” Junaedi Abdilla added.

Sweden and Finland have both applied to join Nato since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February last year.

Any Nato enlargement requires the approval of all 30 members, and Turkey appeared to agree to Sweden and Finland’s bid in June.

However, formal approval has been delayed. Turkey has informed Stockholm that it must extradite Kurds it considers terrorists.

Turkey has put pressure on Sweden to distance itself specifically from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Turkey, the United States, and the European Union all consider the group to be a terrorist organization.

Sweden has made legal changes that allow it to enact tougher anti-terrorism legislation, as requested by Turkey.

In addition, the government has lifted a ban on selling military equipment to Turkey, which had been in place since Ankara’s military intervention in Syria in 2019.

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