Speaking at a weekly news conference, Tan said that the reaction of some Muslim countries to the caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad was tough.
"Public opinion in Muslim countries considered the printing of the caricatures as an attack on the sacred values of Islam, on the other hand the issue was taken from a freedom of press and expression perspective in European countries," he said.
Tan stressed that lack of dialogue between the West and the Muslim world was being manipulated by fanatics at both sides.
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