Obama Reviews Situation in Egypt

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According to the American Forces Press Service (AFPS), President Obama is staying in touch with the situation in Egypt by conferring with his National Security Council, the president’s principal forum for considering national security and foreign policy matters.

Here is the text of the White House release:

President Obama convened a secure conference call with the National Security Council today to review the very fluid situation in Egypt. The President condemned the ongoing violence across Egypt and expressed concern over the continued political polarization. He reiterated that the United States is not aligned with, and does not support, any particular Egyptian political party or group.

In line with that position, the United States categorically rejects the false claims propagated by some in Egypt that we are working with specific political parties or movements to dictate how Egypt’s transition should proceed. We remain committed to the Egyptian people and their aspirations for democracy, economy opportunity, and dignity. But the future path of Egypt can only be determined by the Egyptian people.

During this transitional period, we call on all Egyptians to come together in an inclusive process that allows for the participation of all groups and political parties. Throughout that process, the United States will continue to engage the Egyptian people in a spirit of partnership, consistent with our longstanding friendship and shared interests — including our interest in a transition to sustainable democracy.

We urge all Egyptian leaders to condemn the use of force and to prevent further violence among their supporters, just as we urge all those demonstrating to do so peacefully. As Egyptians look forward, we call on all sides to bridge Egypt’s divisions, reject reprisals, and join together to restore stability and Egypt’s democracy.

According to AFPS, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little provided the following readout on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s recent conversations with officials from Egypt and the United Arab Emirates:

Yesterday and today, Secretary Hagel spoke to Egyptian Defense Minister al-Sisi on three occasions to discuss on-going events in Egypt. In their conversations, Secretary Hagel emphasized the need for a peaceful civilian transition in Egypt. He also noted the importance of security for the Egyptian people, Egypt’s neighbors, and the region.

Secretary Hagel also spoke to Crown Prince bin Zayed of the United Arab Emirates today to discuss the situation in Egypt and matters of mutual security concern in the Middle East.

Added: Secretary of State John Kerry’s statement on the violence in Egypt can be read here

Lead Image: President Barack Obama meets with members of his national security team to discuss the situation in Egypt, in the Situation Room of the White House, July 3, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Author: DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

  • http://seniorscan.wordpress.com gregorymhughes

    It seems that it happens all to often that a government will be democratically elected for the first time and then followed by sham elections afterwards without recourse for the people. In Egypt’s situation, Morsi did not follow the intent of the constitution and without the military intervention no telling how far the Muslim Brotherhood would try to extend Sharia Law. When a new constitution is written, I would like to see a provision for the an initiative process where the people can participate in direct democracy and call for new elections instead of going to the streets when the people have lost confidence in their government. When a new government has lost effectiveness and confidence of the people, they should not be trusted to continue governing.

  • sheknows

    Was Morsi elected for 4 years? If so, that is MORE than enough time to appoint officials and enact laws which will cause problems for the people.
    Looks like they don’t want to wait while that happens.

    In an odd way, albeit a much more “urgent” way of addressing their discontent with the current government, it is quite effective and amazingly coordinated.
    As we can all attest to, waiting doesn’t do jack in this country. By then, laws have been implemented and constitutional rights eliminated.
    I do not know if we have become complacent, lazy, or hypnotized my media BS about what is truly important, but we certainly don’t take ACTION anymore.

  • Marsman

    I know very little about Egypt; have never been there; can not converse in their language, and was not instructed in their history/culture in my American education. I won’t comment on the situation there.
    However, I think there is great strength in having a formal structure for government power rather than direct democracy, which by the way was a tenet of 60′s radicals like SDS, or taking things to the streets. I would like to have things go my way more than they do, but not at the price of rioting and bloodshed. Let’s strive to settle our differences peacefully. Once blood is spilled and passions are ignited, it becomes very difficult to quiet things down again. Resort to direct means such as street demonstrations means that the most passionate and most ruthless will win.

  • sheknows

    I should clarify. By action I mean marches and peaceful demonstrations. I in no way condone violence. Our government fortunately DOES allow for the right to demonstrate peacefully. The only violence encountered in this country is due to state and local police abusing demonstrators, not the other way around.

  • http://seniorscan.wordpress.com gregorymhughes

    I agree that a formal structure for government is a must. Direct democracy using the initiative process would only be used when some policies of the government are deemed so egregious by the majority of the people that there must be changes and action taken quickly and not wait for distant elections.