Deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes on Sunday said the administration was taking “appropriate action” to ensure the security of U.S. diplomatic personnel and facilities in Egypt amid mounting anti-government protests, calling it a “top priority.”

A major demonstration against Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is planned for Sunday, following clashes between pro-and anti-government groups.

“We’ve basically taken the appropriate action to ensure that our embassies and consulates have additional security measures and that our personnel are taking additional security precautions,” said Rhodes, speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One in South Africa where he is traveling with the president.

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