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Obama Reassures US Diplomats in Wake of Riots

The White House says President Barack Obama has called officials at U.S. diplomatic facilities in North Africa and the Middle East to reassure them that their security is a top priority for the U.S. government.

Protesters try to break through a gate at the US Embassy in Yemen
Protesters try to break through a gate at the US Embassy in Yemen (Twitter)

Obama called officials working in Sudan, Tunisia, Libya and Yemen in the wake of violent protests that broke out in response to a low-budget movie that denigrates the Prophet Muhammad. The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed last week, and riots continue throughout the region.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama called U.S. missions over the weekend to “let those diplomats know that he was thinking about them, that their safety remains a top priority” even as he continues campaigning for re-election.

 

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

 

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