WASHINGTON (AP)--President George W. Bush called Wednesday for governments around the world to put an end to violence triggered by drawings of the Prophet Muhammad.
"We reject violence as a way to express discontent with what may be printed in a free press," Bush said.
"I call upon the governments around the world to stop the violence, to be respectful, to protect property, protect the lives of innocent diplomats who are serving their countries overseas," the president said.
Bush made the remarks after meeting with the visiting King Abdullah II of Jordan.
"With all respect to press freedoms, obviously anything that vilifies the Prophet Muhammad...or attacks Muslim sensibilities, I believe, needs to be condemned," Abdullah said.
He went on to say that those who want to protest "should do it thoughtfully, articulately, express their views peacefully."
"When we see protests, when we see destruction, when we see violence - especially if it ends up taking the lives of innocent people, (it) is completely unacceptable," the Jordanian king said.
(END) Dow Jones Newswires