President Barack Obama has broken his silence on the uprising in Egypt to reject “false claims” that the United States is involved with any particular political party following the military ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi.
In a statement posted on WhiteHouse.gov., Obama reiterates his commitment to the Egyptian people, but contrary to accusations of imperialism, insists that “the future path of Egypt can only be determined by the Egyptian people.”
Read the full statement below:
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.
As previously reported by NewsOne, after deliberations by the African Union’s peace and security council earlier Friday, Egypt’s membership was suspended from the continental body due to “unconstitutional changes in leadership.”
The nation will be reinstated once “constitutional order” is restored, which is a lot simpler than it sounds.
As newly minted president, Adly Mansour, attempted to assert his leadership, Morsi’s supporters within the Muslim Brotherhood swore blood oaths that they would get him reinstated.
Senator John McCain (R-Arizona), a member of the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, admitted on CBS that President Obama has to make a “tough call” in Egypt:
Whether to stand by the Muslim Brotherhood-backed – but democratically elected – president puts the administration “in a dilemma,” McCain said. “Morsi was a terrible president. Their economy is in terrible shape thanks to their policies. But the fact is, the United States should not be supporting this coup.”
The United States provides $1.3 billion in aid to the Egyptian military annually, but President Obama is facing GOP pressure to suspend the aid until constitutional order is restored — which means a democratically-elected president in office.