Almost five months after publishing 12 cartoons of the prophet to highlight what it described as self-censorship, the Jyllands-Posten newspaper printed a full-page statement in a pan-Arab newspaper.
It was the strongest expression of regret from the newspaper, but stopped short of saying sorry for printing the cartoons, instead, apologising for the turmoil they caused.
"These drawings apparently hurt millions of Muslims around the world, so we now offer our apology and deep regret for what happened because it is far from the paper’s intention," said the statement in the Saudi-owned Asharq al-Awasat titled "Apology" in big bold letters.
"We did not set out to offend or insult any religion. We apologise for being misunderstood and reiterate that we did not intend to target anyone … I hope this clears the misunderstanding and God bless," the statement said.