The Al-Azhar-Vatican interfaith dialogue committee on Tuesday denounced the republication earlier this month by Danish daily Danish Jlyands-Posten and other newspapers in Denmark of a cartoon insulting the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) which two years ago outraged Muslims in many countries.
The Al-Azhar-Vatican committee issued a final communique on wrapping up its two-day meeting in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. It highlighted statements by Pope Benedict XVI to the Moroccan ambassador to the Holy See on the need for Christianity and Islam to respect each other's religious beliefs and symbols, the Egyptian news agency MENA reported on its website.
Members of the committee called on the media not to misuse the freedom of expression to insult religious beliefs and symbols, MENA said.
The Al-Azhar mosque and Islamic University are among the most authoritative sources of Islamic learning.
Sudan's SUNA news agency reported on Tuesday the government had banned the import of Danish goods. It blamed Denmark's government for allowing newspapers to reprint the cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed.
The cartoon's republication by a dozen Danish newspapers apparently sparked youths riots in immigrant suburbs of the Danish capital, Copenhagen and in cities across Denmark earlier this month.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Şubat 2008, 16:35