“A top Saudi political body has rejected a bilateral pact with Denmark over the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in a Danish newspaper, media reports said on Tuesday.
The Shura Council voted 62 to 56 on Monday against a memorandum of understanding on bilateral consultations after several members expressed unhappiness over the cartoons, the newspapers Okaz and Shams reported.
Several council members clapped and cheered at the rare political rebuke from the all-appointed body, which reviews legislation, policies and treaties but only advises the government.
The Saudi foreign ministry and Danish diplomatic officials could not be reached for comment on details of the pact, which the Shura Council sent back to committee for review.
Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten newspaper published 12 caricatures of Mohammed in 2005, triggering Muslim anger worldwide and violent protests in some countries.”
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