Danish foreign minister warns of al-Qaida exploitation

Denmark’s foreign minister today blamed extremists for violent protests in Muslim countries against the Prophet Mohammed cartoons and warned that al-Qaida would exploit the situation.

Per Stig Moeller noted that protests had been tapering off in many Arab countries, while escalating in Pakistan and Turkey.

“It’s the extremist forces that wish to keep it going,” he told reporters in Copenhagen.

“There is no doubt that all extremists will exploit the situation. Al-Qaida, too, will use it and fan the fire.”

Moeller condemned a Pakistani cleric’s offer of a $1m (€830,000) reward for killing one of the cartoonists behind the drawings as “insane” and tantamount to terrorism.

“When money is put on the cartoonists’ heads, then terror is also being used,” he said.

“It’s incitement to murder. Murder is also is banned by the Koran,” Moeller said after a meeting with Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere.

He said Denmark retained diplomatic contacts with governments in countries where it had closed embassies due to anti-Danish protests.

Denmark has recalled its ambassadors from Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Indonesia and Pakistan, citing security risks.

More on this topic

Prophet cartoonist 'attacked'Prophet cartoonist 'attacked'

'South Park' makers warned about Mohammed depiction'South Park' makers warned about Mohammed depiction

'Jihad Jane' faces US terror charges'Jihad Jane' faces US terror charges

Woman charged in connection with cartoonist death plotWoman charged in connection with cartoonist death plot

More in this Section

Driving ban for ex-cricketer Shane Warne after he admits speeding offenceDriving ban for ex-cricketer Shane Warne after he admits speeding offence

Railway station at Manchester Airport evacuated following reports of suspicious packageRailway station at Manchester Airport evacuated following reports of suspicious package

Iran tells West to leave Persian Gulf amid heightened tensionIran tells West to leave Persian Gulf amid heightened tension

Johnson plays down chances of ‘New York breakthrough’ on BrexitJohnson plays down chances of ‘New York breakthrough’ on Brexit


Lifestyle

In aid of Cancer Awareness Week, we convinced four of our columnists to bare all for our Examine Yourself campaign.Examine Yourself: Baring all for Cancer Awareness Week

It was an effervescent and often moving turn by an artist with a meaningful claim to the title of world’s most interesting pop star.Ariana Grande's opening night at 3Arena in Dublin proved why she is the world's most interesting pop star

More From The Irish Examiner