Foreign minister meets Muslim ambassadors

Foreign minister Maxime Verhgagen has held talks in the Hague with 26 ambassadors from countries with a significant Muslim population, news agency ANP reports.

The meeting follows protests about Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam film which was released on the internet on Thursday.
Among those at the gathering were the ambassadors from Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Malaysia, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Turkey, ANP says.
Verhagen is reported to have outlined the government’s official position on Wilders’ film Fitna. ‘The problem is not the religion [Islam] but the misuse of the religion to spread hatred,’ Verhagen is reported as saying.
He urged the ambassadors to take steps to protect Dutch diplomatic missions and property abroad. ‘Let us keep a cool head and a warm relationship’.

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