Egypts statsminister Hisham Qandil ber USA sørger for at det ikke blir noen ny krenkelse av islam eller muslimer. Han vil ha lovendringer som gjør slikt umulig.


Egypt’s Prime Minister Hisham Qandil has said the US must do all it can to stop people insulting Islam.

In an interview with BBC Arabic, Mr Qandil said it was «unacceptable to insult our Prophet» but also not right for peaceful protests to turn violent.


«Egyptians, Arabs, Muslims – we need to reflect the true identity of Muslims, how peaceful they are, and talk to the Western media about the true heart of the Muslims, that they condemn violence,» said Mr Qandil.

«At the same time we need to reach a balance between freedom of expression and to maintain respect for other peoples’ beliefs.»

When asked whether he thought the US should change its laws governing freedom of speech laws, he replied: «I think we need to work out something around this because we cannot wait and see this happen again.»

«This is a small number of people doing irresponsible work and everybody’s paying the price.»

The link between the US and Egypt was, he said, «a relationship that we need to make stronger based on mutual interests and respect for sovereignty».

He also called on the US, and other governments, to «take the necessary measures to ensure insulting billions of people, one-and-a-half billion people and their beliefs, does not happen and people pay for what they do, and at the same time make sure that the reflections of the true Egyptian and Muslims is well in the Western media.»


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