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Denmark reopens embassy in Pakistan

The embassy was closed after protests against the publication of cartoons parodying Prophet Mohammad.

india Updated: Jul 04, 2006 13:27 IST

Denmark has reopened its embassy in Pakistan after five months of closure prompted by violent protests against the publication of cartoons parodying Prophet Mohammad.

The Embassy of Denmark reopened on Monday. Copenhagen had closed its embassy in Islamabad on February 17 after protests over the publication of the sketches by Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten last September. Most of the expatriate staff had already quietly left the country.

An announcement on its website said that "until further notice", visitors to the embassy would be received only by appointment.

The Danish consulate general in Karachi also reopened for business Monday, The News daily reported.

Denmark had closed its missions in Pakistan, besides Lebanon, Iran, Syria, Tunisia and Indonesia, following demonstrations across the Muslim world.

Several people had died or were injured during the demonstrations in Pakistan.

Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said Pakistan had yet to decide when to post its ambassador to Denmark.

A diplomatic source told The News on condition of anonymity, "The Danish foreign ministry is monitoring the situation in Islamabad very carefully and the opening of the embassy and the consulate general marks a change towards the positive side".