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Rubio, Nelson condemn attacks in Libya, Egypt

12

September

Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson issued statements today on attacks in Libya and Egypt. Nelson said he would ask fellow members of the Senate Intelligence Committee to "immediately investigate what role al Qaeda or its affiliates may have played in the attacks in Libya and Egypt, and to urge appropriate action."

Rubio said the governments of Libya and Egypt have an "obligation to  resolutely condemn these violent attacks and protect American diplomatic missions and personnel based on their soil." It's notable that Rubio did not try to go after the Obama administration, as Mitt Romney had, drawing some uneasiness among fellow Republicans.

Statements below.

Rubio: "I am deeply saddened and troubled by the mob attacks in Libya that led to the murder of our ambassador and three members of his staff. I had the chance of meeting Ambassador Chris Stevens during his confirmation process and again when I visited Libya last year. He was an exemplary diplomat and his embassy staff could not have been more helpful and knowledgeable during my visit. My prayers are with the families and loved ones of these courageous diplomats who were working to help the Libyan people rise from the ashes of Gaddafi's rule.

"It is imperative that these senseless mob attacks be condemned by the Libyan government and that it commit to stop this violence and bring those responsible for the deaths of our American diplomats to justice. In both Libya and Egypt, their governments have an obligation to resolutely condemn these violent attacks and protect American diplomatic missions and personnel based on their soil.

"The Libyan and Egyptian people should understand that the U.S. shares their commitment to building more hopeful and prosperous nations. However, if left unchecked, violent attacks like these against our embassies and diplomats will lead Libya and Egypt down a dark path and rob them of their hopes of a more prosperous and democratic future. The broader publics in Libya and Egypt should condemn the violence and distance themselves from the unruly and intolerant elements of their society that threaten the security and future of their nations."

Nelson: "I am shocked and saddened by the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other fellow citizens.  And I share the grief of their families and colleagues. These murders have the markings of revenge by al Qaeda for the death of the number two leader of the terrorist group, Abu Yahya al-Libi. The Associated Press has reported that the killing in June of al-Libi was the biggest setback to al Qaeda since the death of Osama Bin Laden.
 
“In light of Monday night’s Internet-video statement by the head of al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, who urged Libyans to attack Americans to avenge the recent death of al-Libi, I am asking my colleagues on the Senate Intelligence Committee to immediately investigate what role al Qaeda or its affiliates may have played in the attacks in Libya and Egypt, and to urge appropriate action. 
 
“For the safety of the remaining Americans, we need to secure our embassies in North Africa and around the world – and to stop terrorist-inspired mobs from doing evil deeds.
 
“We also need to quickly find and bring to justice those who committed these heinous acts. 
 
“Again, all our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who have fallen and those who are still serving on the front lines.”
 
 
  

 

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