Morsy says Obama thanked him for embassy protection

By REUTERS
September 23, 2012 13:09

 
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CAIRO - In a Facebook post on Sunday, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy said US President Barack Obama thanked him for securing the US Embassy during protests against a film made in the United States that mocked the Muslim Prophet Mohammad and sparked worldwide demonstrations and violence.

Obama's rival in the US presidential race, Mitt Romney, called for a tougher line with Egypt after protesters scaled the compound wall and tore down the US flag on September 11.

Police clashed with demonstrators for four days after that incident and barriers were erected to stop them getting near the compound.

According to Morsy's official Facebook page, Obama's letter  repeated Washington's condemnation of the film and said he looked forward to working with President Mohamed Mursi to build on the "strategic partnership."

"In his letter, President Obama thanked the Egyptian president for Egyptian efforts to secure the mission of the United States in Cairo," the site wrote.

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