U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called his
Sudanese counterpart on Friday to express concern over the safety of U.S. and
other diplomatic missions in Khartoum, the White House said.
Biden's call to Sudanese Vice President Ali
Osman Taha came amid an outbreak of anti-American protests in the Middle East
over a film that insults Islam.
"Vice President Biden reaffirmed the
responsibility of the government of Sudan to protect diplomatic facilities and
stressed the need for the Government of Sudan to ensure the protection of
diplomats in Khartoum," the White House said.