Muslims in northwestern Pakistan continue to protest against the controversial Prophet Muhammad cartoons as the EU foreign policy chief arrives in Saudi Arabia, saying Europe respects Islam.

The protest in Pakistan began Monday morning when students marched to different universities in the city of Peshawar, urging people to join the demonstration. They pelted offices and shops with stones as they marched.

Police fired tear gas and used batons to disperse the protesters when they tried to march on the provincial governor's residence.

In Jeddah, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said Europe had never wanted to offend the feelings of Muslims and never will. Solana made the remarks as he met with the head of the 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu.

The unrest was sparked by cartoons of the prophet published initially by a Danish newspaper last September.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.