US President Barack Obama sent a personal message to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan asking him to speak out against the rising violence against US embassies across the Arab nations over Muhammad movie
US President Barack Obama sent a personal message to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan asking him to speak out against the rising violence against US embassies across the Arab nations over Muhammad movie.
Washington – Ankara / NationalTurk – Barack Obama has vowed to ‘ stand fast ‘ against spreading anti-US violence raging in the Arab world, as he mourned four Americans slain in Libya after their remains were flown home.
In a heart-rending homecoming, four transfer caskets draped in American flags were slowly borne Friday from the belly of a giant C-17 transport plane by Marines in dress uniform, and set down in a hangar.
US ambassador Chris Stevens and the three other Americans died Tuesday when a mob furious over an anti-Muslim Internet video made on US soil torched the American consulate in Benghazi, part of a region-wide eruption of violence.
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“Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends,” Obama said, quoting the Bible as he honored four “American patriots” for embodying national qualities of courage, hope and idealism.
“Their sacrifice will never be forgotten, we will bring to justice those who took them from us. We will stand fast against the violence on our diplomatic missions,” Obama said at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington.
As he spoke, a furious wave of anti-American violence ripped across the Middle East and North Africa, with a crowd invading the US embassy compound in Tunis, and guards at the US embassy in Khartoum firing warning shots at protesters.
Fresh violence against Us presence and embassies erupted in Yemen and Cairo and demonstrations took place in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Iraq, Israel and the Gaza Strip, Morocco, Syria, Kuwait, Nigeria and Kenya.
Violence of Muslims against US Presence all over the worls spread
Six people were killed and dozens injured in Friday’s violence over Muhammad movie that mocks the prophet of Islam.
Obama said that the “awful” loss and terrible images may cause some to question the dangerous work of US diplomats abroad, but argued that America must not abandon its global mission to spread dignity and freedom.
Officials said Obama was being repeatedly briefed on the worsening security situation around US posts in the Middle East and elsewhere, and was mounting a strong diplomatic push with key regional leaders to restore calm.
He has spoken personally to the leaders of Egypt, Libya and Yemen.
“Even as voices of suspicion and mistrust seek to divide countries and cultures from one another, the United States of America will never retreat from the world,” he vowed.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told grieving relatives of Stevens, information officer Sean Smith and former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty that the killings dishonored the spirit of the Arab Spring.
“The people of Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Tunisia did not trade the tyranny of a dictator for the tyranny of a mob,” she said.
US military and intelligence agencies have already launched a manhunt in Libya for the militants who staged the assault on the consulate in Benghazi.
“There’s an intense focus” on finding the attackers, a US defense official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
Late Friday, USA Defense Secretary Leon Panetta declared that the United States was positioning military forces so that it can respond to unrest in as many as 17 or 18 places in the Islamic world. “We have to be prepared in the event that these demonstrations get out of control,” Panetta told Foreign Policy magazine. He did not offer any specifics. Foreign Policy magazine said though that the Pentagon was discussing, but had not yet decided, whether to send a third platoon of 50 specially trained Marines to protect the US Embassy in Sudan that had found itself under assault. If approved, this deployment will follow the roughly 100 Marines that already have landed in Libya and Yemen.
The violence erupted in response to excerpts of the “Innocence of Muslims” video mocking Islam and Muhammad that went viral on YouTube.
Erdogan, a figure regarded as a leader among Arabs whose nations live a crisis since the so-called Arab spring, was adressed by Obama as well.
The White House stated President Barack Obama asked Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to speak out against anti-American attacks in Arab countries and the YouTube movie that sparked them.
Erdogan followed through on Obama’s request, saying in Ukraine on Friday that the film was a provocation but should not be used as a pretext for violence.
Obama has built a close relationship with Erdogan, and White House officials view him as one of the US leader’s most important foreign allies.
White House spokesman Jay Carney noted that Obama “sent a message — a personal message — to the leader of Turkey, Prime Minister Erdogan, asking for his assistance to speak out against the violence.”
Carney said the president had also called the leaders of Egypt and Libya to ask for their help in protecting American diplomats and installations.
“And I think you saw that the prime minister did that, and the president is very appreciative of these statements and the actions these leaders have taken personally.”
Erdogan said in a speech in Yalta that the movie, extracts of which are up on YouTube, “was a strong provocation against our way of life.”
“Insulting the prophet cannot be justified as freedom of expression. Religion and the prophet are sacred values and are untouchable.”
Erdogan added: “Legal and peaceful protest by Muslims is a useful and correct thing,” but “it cannot be a reason for innocent people to be attacked or harmed.
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