Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström
Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström ahead of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation foreign ministers meeting on 31 July.
Member States of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) are holding a foreign ministers meeting this afternoon to discuss, among other things, the recent demonstrations in Sweden and Denmark. I do not wish to speculate about the outcome of this meeting.
In recent days, I have initiated talks with many foreign ministers of the OIC’s 57 Member States. Last Thursday, I spoke directly to the Secretary General of the OIC. On Friday, I sent a letter to the foreign ministers of all OIC Member States.
During these talks and in my letter, I explained how Sweden’s freedom of demonstration works, and that the Swedish Police Authority makes independent decisions regarding applications for public gatherings. I also repeated that the Swedish Government has been very clear in its rejection of the Islamophobic acts carried out by individuals at demonstrations in Sweden.
I also explained that the Ministry of Justice is analysing the legal situation, including the Public Order Act, after the Administrative Court of Appeal’s judgment became final and non-appealable.
We see great value in continued dialogue with OIC Member States.