Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi on Friday condemned a film that is sparking protests across the Arab world as an “aggression” on Islam that distracts from the real problems of the Middle East.
“We cannot accept this type of aggression and attempt to sow discord. These irresponsible actions yield no good and draw attention away from real problems like the conflict in Syria, the fate of the Palestinians and the lack of stability in the Middle East,” Mursi said during a visit to Rome.
“The Egyptian people reject and oppose any pernicious attempts to offend the prophet of Islam. Everyone rejects this. Americans also reject these actions, President Obama told me,” the Islamist president told reporters.
Mursi, who was speaking as fresh clashes broke out between police and protesters outside the U.S. embassy in Cairo in a demonstration over the film, also rejected the deadly violence that has broken out in recent days.
“We do not accept the killing of innocent people or attacks against embassies. All governments have the obligation to defend diplomatic missions.... We reject with maximum determination any type of aggression,” he said.