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Sudan summons US, German ambassadors to protest against anti-Islam film

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September 14, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese ministry of foreign affairs summoned on Friday the US and German ambassadors in the country and conveyed Khartoum’s protest against the anti-Islam film, state media has reported.

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Sudanese Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Rahma Mohammed Osman speaks during a press conference in Khartoum on April 11, 2012 (GETTY)

According to Sudan’s official news agency SUNA, the ministry told the two ambassadors that undermining Islam prophet Mohammed is a “red line” to the entire Muslim world.

Sudanese police say that two protestors were killed outside the US embassy on Friday, while over reports indicate that as many as four were killed.

After Friday prayers thousands protested and attacked the German and British Embassies and later protestors were bussed 20 kilometres out of town to the US embassy. Dozens were reportedly injured.

The protests were triggered by the posting on the internet of a film called “innocence of Muslims” made in the US which has sparked a wave of indignation and concomitant protests across the Middle East, leading to the death of the US ambassador in Libya.

The undersecretary of the ministry of foreign affairs, Rahmat Allah Mohammed Osman, said that the argument of freedom of speech does not justify such behavior.

“In our opinion freedom of speech has limits and when it touches our Islamic sanctities and figures it become unacceptable” he was quoted by SUNA as saying.

Rahamt Allah however stressed that the government is committed to protecting Western diplomatic missions in accordance with international norms.

He added that the German and US ambassador apologized for the film and expressed their respect for the Muslim faith.

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  • 15 September 2012 11:17, by Gatkuoth

    Islam will make this world an insecure place for living. How should you kill Diplomats because one citizen criticize the religion, the government is not responsible. Secondly, can’t you apologize for the killing of US Ambassador instead of condemning. This affirms that you support he killing in Libya, US should do something to depend its citizen. The stupid Arab won’t understand. violent People!!!

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  • 15 September 2012 11:29, by philipdit wol

    With your Hala why are you killing Westen and event went far
    to close some of the ambassaise? Instead your Hala will punsih them.

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  • 15 September 2012 11:46, by THE BIG KING

    Do real demonstration not only by burning flags but by burning American dollars as well. What a religion of doom?!....Killing, raping etc are what you inherit from bastard called mohamed according to the Movie. Youtube refuses to remove it from the internet. Now go to hell followers of genocidal religion.

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  • 15 September 2012 17:45, by Mayar

    he seem like he doesn’t know exactly what he is saying, he keep contridicting himself.. what a load.

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    • 15 September 2012 18:42, by panchol

      Muslims are not only found in Middle East and North Africa countries, but also found in Asia, West, East. & South African countries and not to forget Part of America and Europe.
      If Muhammad is really prophet, the Muslims will be curse. world is happy about Saudi Arabia for not attempting to strike against west Embassies.

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      • 16 September 2012 19:15, by Gen.Quack

        Bour must also die cose they are the part of muslim dirty and shame religion, boys like polloline and combolam are the strong people to hold death in dinkas particularly bor dinka

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  • 16 September 2012 06:14, by michm

    The US government cannot legally censor that ridiculous video because some people find it offensive or "blasphemous," regardless of the religion criticized. Look around at your miserable lives. You have the lives that your backwardness has created. The rest of the world isn’t about to destroy itself living according to your foolish beliefs.

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  • 16 September 2012 18:37, by Hamra

    There is something rather sureal about this report. Why should the German ambassador apologise about a film that has been made by a private individual in the USA (with US nationality) and who has at face value no connection with Germany. Or was the ambassador apologising for the demonstration in Germany when people carried insulting cartoons?

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  • 16 September 2012 18:40, by Hamra

    It would have been interesting to have been a fly on the wall in this meeting. Did the ambassadors receive an apology for failure of the Sudanese authorities to prevent the damage to their buildings? Diplomats should never be targeted in any country. they are mediators, guests and peace makers. Shame on the Sudanese crowd that lost their sanity.

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  • 16 September 2012 18:43, by Hamra

    The point I would also like to make is that the Sudan Tribune is sometimes sloppy in its reporting. I don’t think the German ambassador was asked to apologise for the film. I hope he sends the bill for the repairs to the palace.

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