Egypt's Morsi rejects attacks on Islam, slams violence

September 13, 2012

Egypt's Islamist President Mohamed Morsi Thursday slammed "attacks" on the Muslim prophet Mohammed in a film on Islam that sparked an outcry in Egypt, while also stressing that he condemned violence.

"We Egyptians reject any kind of assault or insult against our prophet. I condemn and oppose all who... insult our prophet," Morsi, on an official visit to Brussels, said in remarks broadcast by Egyptian state television.

"(But) it is our duty to protect our guests and visitors from abroad... I call on everyone to take that into consideration, to not violate Egyptian law... to not assault embassies," he added.