Danish daily Politiken on Friday apologized to Muslims for possibly offending them by reproducing blasphemous cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in 2008, but said it did not regret publishing the drawings.

“We apologize to anyone who was offended by our decision to reprint the cartoon drawing,” the newspaper said in a statement.
Politiken is the first Danish newspaper to formally apologize to those who may have resented the publication of the cartoons.

It published on Friday an agreement reached with eight organizations from Australia, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian territories representing 94,923 descendants of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).

In the agreement, Politiken said it regretted if it had insulted Muslims’ faith, but that it did not regret publishing the drawings and that it did not renounce the right to publish the controversial drawings again.