Tehran (ANTARA News/IRNA) - The recent burning of a copy of the Holy Quran in the US and similar actions anywhere else contradict the efforts of the UN to promote tolerance, intercultural understanding and mutual respect between cultures and religions, UN chief said Tuesday.

In a meeting with a group of ambassadors representing member states of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) to the UN, Ban Ki-moon condemned the incident in the state of Florida and said such actions cannot be condoned by any religion.

The secretary-general said at UN Headquarters in New York he supported the UN High Representative of the Alliance of Civilizations, Jorge Sampaio, who noted in a statement on Sunday that the desecration of the Holy Quran "as of any holy text" should be vehemently repudiated.

The incident sparked widespread protests in Afghanistan in recent days, and resulted in the killing of three UN staff members and four Nepalese guards at the UN compound in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Friday.

Ban and the OIC diplomats also discussed issues related to the work of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and the Middle East peace process, as well as the evolving situation in the Middle East and North Africa, a press release issued by the UN Information Center (UNIC) said here on Wednesday.

The secretary-general thanked the ambassadors for their condemnation of and condolences for the attack on UN staff in Afghanistan. He said such an attack cannot be justified under any circumstances.

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