Tuesday, February 14, 2006

EGYPT GIVEN TOP ROLE IN DANISH CARTOON CRISIS

Who is responsible for the Danish cartoons crisis that has so far cost hundreds of jobs and hundreds of millions of $ in lost export earnings?
The focus has so far been on Danish imams that toured the Middle East with copies of the cartoons - and a few more pictures that turned out to be fakes or depicting something else. Now focus is increasingly directed at Egypt and the Egyptian ambassador to Denmark. This morning the papers report that the Egyptian Ambassador has been called to a meeting in the Ministry of foreign Affairs in Copenhagen, where she has been asked to account for the embassy's role. It appears that the ambassador has been spreading the story in the ME that islam is not a recognized faith in Denmark, which is blatantly incorrect. 19 islamic religious communities are recognized by the Danish state. This means that economic contributions to the religious community are tax deductible.
The Egyptian ambassador has not yet commented on the matter.

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