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Obama calls Egypt, Libya leaders after attack

Published on Sep 13, 2012 3:17 PM
U.S. President Barack Obama pauses during remarks at a campaign rally in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sept 12, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - United States (US) President Barack Obama called the leaders of Egypt and Libya to discuss security cooperation following the violence in Cairo and Benghazi, the White House said on Thursday.

Mr Obama urged Egypt to uphold its commitments to protect US diplomats and called on Libya to work with US authorities to bring those behind the deadly attack on the US consulate, which killed the US ambassador, to justice.

The calls came after militants attacked the US consulate in Benghazi, killing the US ambassador and three other Americans, hours after a mob attacked the US embassy in Cairo, scaling its walls and tearing down an American flag.

"The President called Egyptian President (Mohamed) Morsi today to review the strategic partnership between the United States and Egypt," the White House said, referring to a phone call on Wednesday.

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