The United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has called for an immediate end to attacks on US diplomatic missions across North Africa and the Middle East.
Clinton, while condemning the video circulating on the Internet deemed offensive to Islam, said there was no justification for responding to the video with violence.
Clinton said this in a statement made available to our correspondent on Friday by the US Embassy in Nigeria.
She said the US was watching the turn of events in Yemen and elsewhere closely, hoping and expecting that there would be steps taken to avoid violence and prevent the escalation of protests.
She said, “It is especially wrong for violence to be directed against diplomatic missions. These are places whose very purpose is peaceful: to promote better understanding across countries and cultures.
“All governments have a responsibility to protect those spaces and people, because to attack an embassy is to attack the idea that we can work together to build understanding and a better future.”
Clinton urged religious, community, and political leaders in the affected countries to contain the violence in their domains she rejected the content and message of the video.
She added, “The United States government had absolutely nothing to do with this video.”
She explained that it was hard for the US to prevent the video she described as reprehensible from seeing the light of the day saying, “in today’s world, with today’s technologies, that is impossible.”