World Bulletin / News Desk
Egypt's new president delivered a call on Tuesday for "genuine cooperation" between cultures, but in the wake of violent assaults on U.S. diplomatic missions in the Muslim world he also cautioned that a joke in one culture may not be funny in another.
Speaking at a philanthropic meeting convened in New York by former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Mursi signaled an embrace of multiculturalism as an alternative to a single culture seeking dominance.
"The world cannot become one culture or one civilization. However, can we have civilizations that live side by side, not against one another? It is possible," said Mursi. "Maybe a joke in one country is not funny in another country. That's the nature of culture."
Mursi's speech comes one day before he is to address the United Nations General Assembly.
An anti-Islam film posted on YouTube provoked protests across the Muslim world this month.
The anti-American protests have cast new shadows over U.S. engagement with the region, and President Barack Obama said in a recent interview that the United States considered Egypt's Islamist government neither an ally nor an enemy.
Mursi, who was elected in June, recently told The New York Times that Washington must change its approach to the Arab world and help build a Palestinian state to reduce pent-up anger in the region.
Mursi addressed the controversy over the YouTube film directly, calling it a work of religious defamation. He said that while as a Muslim he viewed human life as sacred, he added that "physical violence is not the only form of violence."
"While we must acknowledge the importance of freedom of expression, we must also recognize that such a freedom comes with responsibilities especially when it has serious implications for international peace and security," he said.
He also challenged the international community to develop a new model of global governance that would aid the world's needy and promote dignity.
"I simply cannot watch the blood that's shed in Syria or the children that are starving in Gaza and claim that our model of global governance works," Mursi said.
Raissouni hailed the Turkish people for its role in aborting the coup attempt against its democratically-elected government
Authorities said on Saturday there appeared to be no survivors from a hot air balloon crash in Texas
A former deputy of the far-right extreme party in Germany, Werner Klauner is now known as Ibrahim and spends his time and earnings helping refugees
Belgian police have arrested two brothers over a planned terror attack, authorities have confirmed.
'Turkish people announced to the world that they side with democracy,' says Mejlis leader Mustafa Kirimoglu
Bavaria's state premier Horst Seehofer took aim at Angela Merkel's open-door refugee policy on Saturday, rejecting her "we can do this" mantra just two days after she defended the message after attacks in Germany.
Thousands of people have staged a pro-Independence march in Glasgow
In the minutes of meeting in then-defense minister Moshe Dayan’s office, top Israeli officials discussed how to deliberately violate international law in building settlement of Kiryat Arba, next to Hebron.
The CEO of Spain's BBVA, owner of a large stake in local heavyweight Garanti bank, touts its success and interest in Turkey
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus President Mustafa Akinci meets Greek counterpart
Ukrainian authorities detained Oleksandr Yefremov, a close ally of ousted pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych
US Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford will visit Turkey tomorrow following the failed coup attempt
Iraq says al-Baghdadi's aide was killed in airstrike near Syrian border
Reinforcements come amid protests in Tripoli and other Libyan cities against French military intervention in the country
U.S. authorities have issued subpoenas to Goldman Sachs for documents related to the bank’s dealings with the Malaysia 1MDB investment fund
Additional police have been deployed as a security measure following a threat at Amsterdam