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US Spends $70,000 on Pakistan Ad Denouncing Anti-Muslim Film

Published: September 20, 2012 | 11:00 pm
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The U.S. has bought $70,000 worth of air time on seven Pakistani television channels to air an ad showing President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denouncing the anti-Islamic video that has sparked violent protests in the Middle East and North Africa.

In the 30-second ad that began running on September 20, Obama says, “Since our founding the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths. We reject all efforts to denigrate religious beliefs of others.”

Clinton appears after Obama and says, “Let me state very clearly that the United States has absolutely nothing to do with this video. We absolutely reject its contents. America’s commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation.”

The ad is subtitled in Urdu, the main Pakistani language.

A U.S. seal is also displayed in the video. The comments by Obama and Clinton are from previous public statements and were not taped specifically for the ad.

“It is common and traditional to have to buy air time on Pakistan TV for public service announcements,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

Source: nbcnews


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