Egypt's Hesham Kandil government has asked the US administration in a meeting Wednesday to take tough measures against the makers of a film that attacks Islam and the Prophet Mohamed.
The film, which has caused outrage in Egypt and Libya, leading to an attack on the Libyan consulate in Benghazi that killed the US ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, was produced by Israeli-American writer and director Sam Bacile.
The Egyptian government is requesting prosecution under international conventions that criminalise actions that could cause sectarian strife, whether on ethnic, racial or religious grounds. It described the film in a statement as being morally "base" and deviating from values and humane traditions that stipulate respect for the religions and beliefs of others.
In Egypt, the film was originally thought to have been produced by Diaspora Copts living in the United States. Protesters tore down and burnt the US flag at the Cairo US Embassy premises Tuesday, demanding punishment of the film makers and a public apology.
Earlier Wednesday, Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi, hailing from the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, instructed the Egyptian embassy in Washington to take legal action against the film and its makers.