Obama: Egypt not an ally or enemy

2012-09-13 16:03
US President Barack Obama. (David Goldman, AP)

US President Barack Obama. (David Goldman, AP)

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Washington - President Barack Obama says the US would not consider Egypt an ally, "but we don't consider them an enemy".

Obama said in an interview with the Spanish-language network Telemundo that Egypt is a "new government that is trying to find its way". And he warned that if the Egyptian government takes actions showing "they're not taking responsibility", then it would "be a real big problem".

Meanwhile, protesters angered by an anti-Islam film stormed the US Embassy compound in Yemen's capital, Sana'a on Thursday.

They were on the embassy's grounds but did not enter the building housing the offices.

Demonstrators removed the embassy's sign on the outer wall and set tires ablaze. Once inside the compound, they brought down the US flag and burned it.

Counterterrorism

Yemen is home to al-Qaeda's most active branch and the United States is the main foreign supporter of the Yemeni government's counterterrorism campaign. The government on Tuesday announced that al-Qaeda's No 2 leader in Yemen was killed in an apparent US airstrike, a major blow to the terror network.

A senior administration official here said the protests in Yemen appeared to be motivated by the film seen by Muslims of disparaging the Prophet Muhammad. This is an observation that Obama officials did not make regarding the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Another official, also speaking anonymously, said "the situation is Yemen is fluid. We're receiving cooperation from Yemeni authorities to help us maintain order and protect our people. The protests appear to be motivated by the film".

The officials spoke only on grounds of anonymity because they weren't authorised to speak publicly about the situation amid rapidly unfolding events.

US officials, working with the Libyan government, were examining whether the armed assault on the consulate in Libya was a planned and deliberate terrorist strike, and not the spontaneous reaction to the anti-Islam video.

Condemned

In a statement, the Yemeni embassy in Washington condemned the attack on the Sana'a compound.

"Given recent regional events, earlier this morning, angry protesters have unfortunately flooded the security perimeter of the US embassy in Sana'a, Yemen and breached the embassy's wall," the statement said.

"Security services have quickly restored order to the Embassy's complex. Fortunately no casualties were reported from this chaotic incident. The government of Yemen will honour international obligations to ensure the safety of diplomats and will step up security presence around all foreign missions."

Telephone calls


The White House said that Obama called the presidents of Libya and Egypt and urged them to continue working with the United States to ensure the safety of diplomatic personnel.

He thanked Libyan President Mohamed Magariaf for his condolences over the deaths of US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other State Department officers during an assault on the US consulate in Benghazi on Tuesday.

The White House says the two leaders agreed to work together to bring the attackers to justice.

During a second call, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi promised that Egypt "would honor its obligation to ensure the safety of American personnel", the White House said.

Obama told Morsi that while "he rejects efforts to denigrate Islam ... there is never any justification for violence against innocents".

- AP

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