STAPLETON, Colo. -- President Obama spoke with the leaders of Libya and Egypt late Wednesday to discuss security for U.S. personnel in the wake of attacks on diplomatic posts in both countries.
In a phone call with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, Obama "underscored the importance of Egypt following through on its commitment to cooperate with the United States in securing U.S. diplomatic facilities and personnel," according to a statement issued by the White House.
Morsi, head of the country's new Islamic government, had issued only a mild rebuke of the protesters who stormed the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday. The protesters purportedly were angered by an anti-Muslim video posted online.
"The president said that he rejects efforts to denigrate Islam, but underscored that there is never any justification for violence against innocents and acts that endanger American personnel and facilities," the White House said of the call with Morsi.
The Egyptian leader "expressed his condolences for the tragic loss of American life in Libya and emphasized that Egypt would honor its obligation to ensure the safety of American personnel," the White House said.