Italian Foreign Minister Gianfranco Fini accused Syria of not working convincingly to block the assaults against Western embassies in that country and denounced the nation as "a danger."
"I refuse to think that in a country like Syria, the assaults on the embassies weren't in some way tolerated, or in any case, not blocked in any convincing manner" by the authorities, Fini said on a talk show on state television late Monday night.
On Saturday, the Danish and Norwegian embassies were burned in Syria as protesters denounced publication in a Danish paper of 12 caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.
"Syria objectively is a danger," Fini said. "Can one think that the regime that militarily controls public opinion did not know about the organization of the protests?" asked the minister, who leads a right-wing party in Premier Silvio Berlusconi's government.