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Denmark to reopen embassy in Iran

Denmark will reopen its embassy in Iran shortly, almost six weeks after it was closed because of violent protests.

india Updated: Mar 22, 2006 00:12 IST
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Denmark will reopen its embassy in Iran shortly, almost six weeks after it was closed because of violent protests over the publication by a Danish newspaper of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, the foreign ministry said.

Danish ambassador Claus Juul Nielsen and his team left Denmark today for Tehran. They plan to reopen the mission soon but a date has yet to be set, the ministry said in a statement.

The diplomat and his staff left the Iranian capital on February 11 after being informed of "concrete and serious threats against the ambassador", the ministry said at the time.

Danish daily Jyllands-Posten published 12 controversial cartoons of the Prophet in September last year, sparking a wave of protests against Denmark in Muslim countries.

The Danish embassy compound in Tehran was pelted with stones, firecrackers and Molotov cocktails during the protests.

Under Islamic conventions, any image of the fouder of the Muslim faith is considered blasphemous.

The Finnish embassy has been handling Denmark's consular affairs in the interim.