(CNSNews.com) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday disputed charges that the United States is “anti-Islam,” telling an audience in Bangladesh that the perception was deeply hurtful.

“I certainly think President Obama has sent a very clear message of respect and appreciation of all religions, and in particular of Islam,” she said.

Addressing a public forum at the International School in Dhaka, Clinton was asked for her reaction to “the common perception held by many young people that the U.S. is anti-Muslim.”

“Oh, that hurts me,” she replied. “That hurts me so much, honestly. I mean, it’s a painful perception to hear about, and I deeply regret that anyone believes that or propagates it.”

Clinton defended the U.S. against the allegation, and challenged other countries to treat its minorities better.

Read More at CNS News By Patrick Goodenough

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