OTTAWA - Two Canadian embassies in the Middle East are set to open again Monday after they were closed on Sunday over security concerns.
A spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says although the missions in Egypt and Libya are open, the embassy in Sudan will remain closed to ensure the safety of diplomatic staff.
Canada's caution follows a wave of protests and violence over an anti-Muslim film that has swept across the Middle East and other Muslim countries in recent days.
The obscure, amateurish movie made in the U.S. is called "Innocence of Muslims" and depicts the Prophet Muhammad as a fraud, a womanizer and a pedophile.
On Saturday the U-S State Department ordered the departure of all family members and non-essential personnel on Saturday from posts in Sudan and Tunisia.
Canada indicated Saturday that its missions in Khartoum, Tripoli and Cairo would close for the day Sunday _ the embassy in Tunis normally is closed Sundays.
The Cairo embassy was also closed on Thursday because of angry protests at the nearby American embassy.
The Harper government also shuttered its embassy in Tehran and severed diplomatic ties with Iran earlier this month, in part because it said it was concerned about the safety of Canadian diplomats.
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U.S. President Barack Obama
"The United States condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack. ... Make no mistake: We will work with the Libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people. ... We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, but there is absolutely no justification for this type of senseless violence, none." (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
British Prime Minister David Cameron
"This senseless attack ended the lives of people who had worked selflessly alongside Libyans during their darkest days. ... We look to the new Libyan authorities to do all in their power, as they have pledged to do, to bring the killers to justice. Britain stands ready to assist Libya and the United States in that task. Above all, we will honor the memory of these dedicated people by continuing their work to help Libyans build a secure and free country." (AP Photo/Ben Stansall, Pool)
"The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan strongly condemns this inhuman and insulting action (the film) and shows its strong hatred against this action. Insulting the messenger of Islam is to insult the values of 1.5 billion Muslims around the world. This insulting action will cause enmity and contrast between religions and cultures in the world and will be a strong punch to peace and harmony between humans."(AP Photo/Ahmad Massoud / Xinhua, Pool)
Pakistan's Foreign Ministry
"Such abominable actions, synchronized with commemoration of atrocious events like 9/11, provoke hatred, discord and enmity within societies and between peoples of various faiths. The event has deeply hurt the feelings of the people of Pakistan and the Muslims all over the world." (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)
The movie is an "immoral act that represents the highest levels of aggression against human rights that is represented by the respect of people's beliefs. ... The United Nations should issue laws that criminalize such acts similar to laws that criminalize anti-Semites." (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen
"It is important that the new Libya continues to move toward a peaceful, secure and democratic future."(AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov, Pool)
Libyan interim President Mohammed el-Megarif
"We extend our apology to America, the American people and the whole world." (AP Photo)