The European Union foreign policy chief is attempting to calm the waters amid the row over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. As part of a tour of the Middle East, Javier Solana has met the Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. He has already been to Saudi Arabia, and will go on to Jordan, the Palestinian territories and Israel.
Solana said: “We should not allow the latest development to separate us. We cannot afford the challenges of today – that will require our cooperation, and relationships as deep as possible – to separate us.” As Solana continued his talks with Muslim leaders, protests continued in several countries, including Iraq.