Obama “Deeply Concerned” By Egyptian Military Takeover, Orders Review Of Aid

Stopping short of calling it a "coup," Obama calls for swift return to a democratically elected civilian government.

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Supporters of Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi, holding his picture, react after the Egyptian army's statement was read out on state TV, at the Raba El-Adwyia mosque square in Cairo July 3, 2013.

President Barack Obama issued a statement Wednesday over four hours after Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was removed from power by the country’s military, saying he was “deeply concerned” by Wednesday’s developments.

“[W]e are deeply concerned by the decision of the Egyptian Armed Forces to remove President Morsy and suspend the Egyptian constitution,” Obama said. “I now call on the Egyptian military to move quickly and responsibly to return full authority back to a democratically elected civilian government as soon as possible through an inclusive and transparent process, and to avoid any arbitrary arrests of President Morsy and his supporters.”

Gen. Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi, the Egyptian defense minister, announced Wednesday evening in Cairo that Morsi had been removed from power after failing to make concessions to the millions protesting his regime. Obama stopped short of calling it a “coup,” but said he is ordering U.S. agencies and departments to review the implications of the takeover on American aid to the country.

The full Obama statement is below:

As I have said since the Egyptian Revolution, the United States supports a set of core principles, including opposition to violence, protection of universal human rights, and reform that meets the legitimate aspirations of the people.  The United States does not support particular individuals or political parties, but we are committed to the democratic process and respect for the rule of law.  Since the current unrest in Egypt began, we have called on all parties to work together to address the legitimate grievances of the Egyptian people, in accordance with the democratic process, and without recourse to violence or the use of force.

The United States is monitoring the very fluid situation in Egypt, and we believe that ultimately the future of Egypt can only be determined by the Egyptian people. Nevertheless, we are deeply concerned by the decision of the Egyptian Armed Forces to remove President Morsy and suspend the Egyptian constitution. I now call on the Egyptian military to move quickly and responsibly to return full authority back to a democratically elected civilian government as soon as possible through an inclusive and transparent process, and to avoid any arbitrary arrests of President Morsy and his supporters. Given today’s developments, I have also directed the relevant departments and agencies to review the implications under U.S. law for our assistance to the Government of Egypt.

The United States continues to believe firmly that the best foundation for lasting stability in Egypt is a democratic political order with participation from all sides and all political parties —secular and religious, civilian and military. During this uncertain period, we expect the military to ensure that the rights of all Egyptian men and women are protected, including the right to peaceful assembly, due process, and free and fair trials in civilian courts.  Moreover, the goal of any political process should be a government that respects the rights of all people, majority and minority; that institutionalizes the checks and balances upon which democracy depends; and that places the interests of the people above party or faction. The voices of all those who have protested peacefully must be heard – including those who welcomed today’s developments, and those who have supported President Morsy. In the interim, I urge all sides to avoid violence and come together to ensure the lasting restoration of Egypt’s democracy.

No transition to democracy comes without difficulty, but in the end it must stay true to the will of the people. An honest, capable and representative government is what ordinary Egyptians seek and what they deserve. The longstanding partnership between the United States and Egypt is based on shared interests and values, and we will continue to work with the Egyptian people to ensure that Egypt’s transition to democracy succeeds.

13 comments
MurrellWk
MurrellWk

the obama riddle is unraveling quicker, he is not the do-gooder he proclaims he is. this is so revealing. it gives weight to the past deficiencies he has shown. why would he stick up for another dictitorial figure. he backed up chavez, cuba's boy, putin. he thinks that he has cred that other US leaders had but he is laughed at but he cares more about dismanteling the US more than he is laughed at by other leaders (like putin, chavez, north korean fools, and like). he is so blind, he could have been a great president with the reserves we have, our technological leadership. wow.

manlyman
manlyman

Obama is very concerned. He went all in on morsi, and its backfiring. I actually thought he was intelligent, but for the first time in my life I'm wondering.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@manlyman People with lower IQ than you have already pegged Obama for what he is. A fraud. When a man who claims to be a scholar and a Constitutional expert would hide his academic records, you should tell you something already.


EwanHelal
EwanHelal like.author.displayName 1 Like

We could get the idea, president Obama, if YOU and US INTELLIGENCE (CIA) know how dictatorial was this Egyptian President and his group (MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD), and how terrorist were they, it is a shame for you to support them !!!!

and if YOU don't know, it is a disaster


I would like to remind you in a few points who those people are:

1- the most blood-shedding group in the history of any country, which later on developed (EL QAEDA AND BIN LADEN),as a branch

2- they won these elections in a totally non-democratic, fake process, which was full of major errors and religion-dependent propaganda and terrorism to Egyptians, and ended by a direct threat to the old Egyptian  Army Council to announce them as winners, or they will burn the country (against the actual winner MOHAMMED SHAFIQ) 

3- along the whole previous year, Mohammed Morsi (I can't call him A PRESIDENT), used all types of dictatorial actions against his Opponents, including arrest, detention, assassination and killing of protestation-right

4- all minorities in Egypt suffered horribly during this year from all types of direct and indirect governmental threats and oppression, I will mention only 2 major examples:

    a- Burning EL-KHOSOS CHURCH, by Muslim extremists and killing 6 Christians, then attacking the main Orthodox Cathedral Church, in Cairo, in April 2013, by Thugs, under full blessing of Egyptian government and Mohammed Morsi >>>> an event which hadn't happened before along whole Egyptian history

b- Instigation by Sunni Muslim Sheikhs (Muslim Religious Leaders of Sunna), against Egyptian Muslim Shia category,  during the presidency conference in Cairo Stadium, in June 2013, in the presence of Mohammed Morsi, and under his complete silence and Approval, which resulted directly 2 days later in dragging and killing 4 Egyptian Shia in Giza by Sunni extremists


Adding to all previous points the fact that Egyptian Army took this action upon collection of around 20 million Egyptians in streets for 4 days to eliminate Morsi, and MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD control, with 22 million written Authorizations to remove Morsi, who was elected by 11 million votes


After all of this can you tell us, Mr. Obama, to which side you are standing, Democracy or Dictatorship?

 please have a little bit of time to think about the answer 

MuricanBob
MuricanBob like.author.displayName 1 Like

All NObama cares about is ruining this country. MURICA!! Where's bush when we need him? LOL

roknsteve
roknsteve like.author.displayName 1 Like

@MuricanBob There's always one Konservative Klown who has to try to ruin the 4th of July.  Thanks a lot, Bobbert. 

MuricanBob
MuricanBob

Lol sorry Steve, I was actually mocking those extremely ignorant conservatives. Perhaps I took it a bit too far. Happy 4th!

aztecian
aztecian

viva the muslim brohterhood!

MiltonDBeattie
MiltonDBeattie

Look at all the Women in the Crowd....!!! 

Where are the pictures of the Majority of the Protestors.... not the few here that the MAIN protests are against???

Don't be Evil Time!