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US Election Updates - September 15, 2012

United States should get tough with Egypt, says Romney

Egypt must ensure the security of foreign diplomats or risk losing the $1.3 billion annual aid package it receives from the United States, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said on Friday.

His comments come after Islamist protesters breached the U.S. Embassy in Cairo this week.

"I think for instance in Egypt we should make it very clear to maintain a relationship, a friendship, an alliance and financial support with the United States, Egypt needs to understand it must honor its peace treaty with Israel,” said Romney at a fundraising breakfast in New York.

"It must also protect the rights of the minorities in their nation. And finally among other things it must also protect the embassies of our nation and other nations," he added.

Protests over an American-made film that mocks Islam began on Tuesday in Cairo and spread to the Libyan city of Benghazi, where demonstrators stormed the U.S. consulate, killing the ambassador and three other Americans.

Since then demonstrations have take place in Sudan, Tunisia, Bangladesh, Nigeria’s northern city of Jos and in the Gaza Strip.

The film, titled Innocence of Muslims, portrays the Prophet Muhammad as a womanizer and leader of a bloodthirsty gang of men. Clips were made available online earlier this year with an Arabic voice-over.

"The American people are disturbed and reeling with the news around the world," Romney told the fundraising event.

Romney's vice presidential running mate, Paul Ryan also spoke on the developments in the Middle East.

"We have all seen images of our flag being burned and our embassies under attack by vicious mobs," he told conservatives in Washington on Friday.

"Amid all these threats and dangers, what we do not see is steady, consistent American leadership. In the days ahead, and in the years ahead, American foreign policy needs moral clarity and firmness of purpose," he said.