Danish PM to meet ambassadors in bid to defuse cartoons row

Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen was to meet foreign ambassadors today to brief them on the government’s position on the furore over a Danish newspaper’s publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

It was unclear which countries’ diplomats would attend the meeting, which also is to include Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller.

Fogh Rasmussen and Moeller were to detail the government’s position and actions in the matter.

The cartoons, which have been reprinted in newspapers in other European countries, have sparked threats of kidnapping against foreigners in the Palestinian territories and the boycott of Danish goods in parts of the Middle East.

In an interview with Arab satellite network Al-Arabiya, Fogh Rasmussen said he was “deeply distressed that many Muslims had seen the drawings in a Danish newspaper as a defamation of the Prophet Muhammad”.

One of the drawings depicts the prophet wearing a turban shaped like a bomb.

Fogh Rasmussen in October had declined to meet with ambassadors from 10 predominantly Islamic countries who objected to the drawings, saying the government had no influence on what Danish media did.

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

Trump signals restraint on possible military strike on IranTrump signals restraint on possible military strike on Iran

Jeremy Corbyn rules out coalition in event of hung parliamentJeremy Corbyn rules out coalition in event of hung parliament

Greta: I never imagined climate strikes would take off so quicklyGreta: I never imagined climate strikes would take off so quickly

John Bercow apologises for failing to declare company on MPs’ registerJohn Bercow apologises for failing to declare company on MPs’ register


Lifestyle

Gráinne Healy only started running regularly a few years ago. She’s already completed 50 parkruns. She tells Rowena Walsh what motivates her.Ageing with Attitude: Parkruns and quiet Friday nights

Against popular wisdom and flying a plane made from bamboo, wire and bike handlebars, a Co Antrim woman blazed a sky trail for aviation and for the independence of women, writes Bette BrowneMagnificent Lilian Bland blazed a trail for independence of women in her plane of bamboo

The epic battle for the bridge at Arnhem, as depicted in the blockbuster 'A Bridge Too Far', saw the Allies aim to end the war by Christmas 1944, but failed as a huge airborne assault force failed to take the last bridge across the Rhine. In an extract from his latest book 'A Bloody Week', Dan Harvey tells the story of one of the hundreds of brave men from Ireland who gave their all to the Allied campaignThe bridge to war: Dan Harvey's new book looks at the Irish who went a bridge too far

Several days ago, the long-awaited sequel to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale was released.Lindsay Woods: I have always consumed books at a furious pace

More From The Irish Examiner