President Obama called Libyan President Magariaf on Wednesday night to thank him for the cooperation the U.S. has received from the Libyan government in responding to the attacks on the U.S. Embassy that left four dead.
During the phone call, Mr. Obama stressed that the Libyan government must continue to work with the U.S. to assure the security of embassy employees, according to a White House readout of the conversation. The two presidents agreed to do “whatever is necessary” to identify the perpetrators of the attack and bring them to justice and to work closely during the course of the investigation.
Mr. Obama reaffirmed U.S. support for Libya’s Democratic transition, a cause that Ambassador Chris Stevens, who died in Tuesday night’s attack on the embassy, was dedicated to establishing.
In a phone call to Egyptian President Morsi, Mr. Obama also underscored the importance of Egypt following through on its commitment to cooperate in securing U.S. diplomatic facilities and personnel after rebels attacked the U.S. embassy there Tuesday night.
Mr. Obama told Mr. Morsi that he rejects efforts to denigrate Islam, a reference to an anti-Islam film produced in the U.S. that sparked the riots, but said there is never any justification for violence against innocents and acts that endanger American personnel and facilities, according to a readout of the phone call.
The Egyptian president expressed his condolences for the loss of four U.S. officials in Libya and said Egypt would honor its obligation to ensure the safety of American personnel.