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Morsi slams anti-Islam film in Rome, rejects 'strife between nations'
Speaking from Italian capital, Egypt's President Morsi reiterates condemnation of anti-Islam film, offers condolences to American people for diplomats killed in Benghazi
MENA, Friday 14 Sep 2012
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President Mohamed Morsi during a press conference at EU headquarters in Brussels on 13 September (Photo: AP)

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Friday reiterated his condemnation of a controversial short film that denigrates Islam and the Prophet Mohamed. The president was speaking at a joint press conference in Rome with his Italian counterpart.

"This assault on Islam has been condemned by all the nations of the world, including the American people, as was conveyed to me by [US President Barack] Obama during our phone conversation," Morsi stated.

The Egyptian president went on to stress his rejection of any attempt to promote strife between nations, warning that such "childish" actions "only serve to distract us from real problems, such as ongoing events in Syria."

In Cairo's Tahrir Square, meanwhile, scores gathered to protest the offensive film. Demonstrations, which have been ongoing since Tuesday, have led to limited clashes that have left over two hundred injured until now.

Other countries in the region have seen similar angry protests in the wake of the controversial film, including Iraq, Palestine, Morocco and Lebanon. In Tripoli, Lebanon, protesters on Friday torched two American fast-food restaurants.

Speaking in Italy, Morsi declared that recent attempts to promote sectarian strife "will not deter us from our main mission of safeguarding regional peace and stability," going on to stress that Islam was "a religion that respects the beliefs of others and advocates freedom of belief."

The president again offered his condolences to the American people for the killing of four US diplomats – including the US ambassador to Libya – who died following a Tuesday rocket attack in Benghazi.

Morsi had earlier expressed his sorrow for the attack at a Thursday press conference in Brussels.

The Egyptian president departed Egypt on Wednesday to take part in his first European tour, which includes Belgium and Italy, with the aim of bolstering Egypt-EU relations.





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Atheist
15-09-2012 02:42am
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Blasphemy is for the ignorant
There can be no such thing as blasphemy. It is an antiquated notion, since religion itself has been proven to be unscientific. Almost any serious comment on any religion is "blasphemy".
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Yusuf
15-09-2012 01:38am
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"Freedom of Speech"
Kevin, There is no such thing as “freedom of speech” ... even in the western “democracies” that you mention. Otherwise, there wouldn't be scores of muslims lingering in US prisons for what they said ... for words. In addition there would be no laws of libel, slander and defamation which often cost publishers many millions of dollars. There wouldn't, also, be laws against hate speech.The list of the restrictions and limitations on speech in the west goes on! Did you know that it is illegal to question the NUMBER of holocaust victims in more than 10 European countries. This is not for denying the holocaust but for disagreeing with its details. For example, saying 5,999,000 died instead of 6 million. Look up the British historian who was imprisoned in Austria for exactly this! Please, let's cut out the empty rhetoric and adopt some intellectual rigour.
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gid tanner
15-09-2012 06:08pm
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europe is not usa
Yusuf , please distinguish exactly between usa and europe . In usa , you can say that no holocaust ever happen and that hitler was a sweetheart . Idiots in the usa can say bad thing about obama and not get arrested Idiots loike the floridaq christian lunatic preacher can say anything too . You just cannot directly incite violence . But the florida lunatic has fooled all tghese arabs into tearing apart their own cities because he insults Islam .as to lwas against libel and slander , thode laws are CIVIL laws that allow a citizen to sue another citizen to protect one's reputation . they are not criminal laws set up by the government to arrest people for speech . You should make some efforts to understand western/american culture , as many westerners/americans try to understand islamic culture .
Mir Emme
15-09-2012 08:56am
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No such thing?
Yusuf, so there are restrictions on freedom of speech. This means that there's NO SUCH THING as freedom of speech? Really? And if there are so many restrictions already, should we add more? Should we have blasphemy laws? Should we also then criminalize all insults?
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Aladdin
14-09-2012 09:26pm
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Hate Crime & Who Did it.?
UN should develop ligilation to prevent future problems Born Again Christians live in Hemet, California are the one behind this false movie. One is born-Egyptian and ex-con and the other is insurance agent. It is the crazy radical Christians; not the liberal Jews who suffered from prosecutions. Both under FBI inestigation for thier act and past criminal violations. CHeck yesterday Newo York Times. Allah Bless America.
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Kevin
14-09-2012 07:11pm
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Freedom of Speech
Morsi will never know what Freedom of Speech means in a democracy. This man is not pro-democracy. Many Muslims think they live in a democracy but they really don't. Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Expression are cornerstones of a democracy (in addition to rights for all citizens including women). If you don't have those two ideals, you don't have a democracy. Egypt will NEVER be a real democratic nation. NEVER.
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Sam Boulis
18-09-2012 07:03pm
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Freedom of speech
Kevin, you said it all, it will take an act of God to intreduce the freedom of speech in Egypt, good job Kevin.
A woman
15-09-2012 02:52pm
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About Egypt
Dear Maude: THis is not about Israel, and it does not help to bring in the terminus 'zionists' again and again. Please not all the time, it is getting really ridiculous. Look inside Egypt, then you have quite enough to to!
Muhammad Musthafa
15-09-2012 05:05am
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Indeed "Egypt will NEVER be a real democratic nation. NEVER."
"Egypt will NEVER be a real democratic nation. NEVER." Mr. Kevin! "Egypt Will be an Islamic State" as "a religion that respects the beliefs of others and advocates freedom of belief."
Yusuf
15-09-2012 01:37am
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"Freedom of Speech"
Kevin, There is no such thing as “freedom of speech” ... even in the western “democracies” that you mention. Otherwise, there wouldn't be scores of muslims lingering in US prisons for what they said ... for words.
Maude
14-09-2012 08:12pm
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Freedom of hate speech
Kevin.. go tell that to your Zionists compatriots in your grandeloquence, about insults to Christians and Moslems of the Holly Land. Israel is a democracy only to Ashkenazis Jews, not even to Sepharadin Jews. Israel will NEVER be a real democratic nation. NEVER.

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