Obama issues statement on Egypt
July 3rd, 2013
07:07 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama issues statement on Egypt

(CNN) - President Barack Obama called on the Egyptian military late Wednesday to "move quickly" and return full authority back to "a democratically elected civilian government as soon as possible."

Read his full statement 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.

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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Borderless

    "Core principles...opposition to violence" (unless you count drone strikes)
    "Protection of universal human rights" (unless you count spying on your citizens)
    "reform that meets the legitimate aspirations of the people" (unless you can continue the same policies as before without getting caught)

    July 3, 2013 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  2. Borderless

    "The United States is monitoring the very fluid situation in Egypt" (we don't know how to respond)
    "We are deeply concerned by the decision of the Egyptian Armed Forces to...suspend the constitution" (my country got very upset when I did it)
    "I have also directed relevant departments and agencies to review implications" (so I'll have someone else to throw under the bus when things go bad)

    July 3, 2013 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    I do not think these Muslim dominated nations are now ready for democracy. They are better off that way.

    July 3, 2013 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  4. Data Driven

    Lots of sweet carrots ... with one large knobby stick:

    "... 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 ole iron-fist-in-a-velvet-glove trick!

    July 3, 2013 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    Here come the Repub whiners, complaining that President Obama didn't "make" Morsy step down sooner ...

    July 3, 2013 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  6. Monica

    Sorry Obama, but "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"? Really? SCAF's rulling post-Mubarak didn't stop you before! The difference: thiis time it's (sorta) with the people's blessing!

    July 3, 2013 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  7. NameTodd A

    Americans military needs to do the same thing to Mohammed Obama the jerk liar, AMATEUR IN THE WHITE HOUSE

    July 3, 2013 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  8. stick it

    Potus favorite word transparent get transparent with some jobs get transparent with this health care I like the word XRAY lets get some XRAY vision on I.R.S...Bengazi.... NSA overreach...gun control....economy....immigration bill...transparentcy sounds like a mudpuddle XRAY vision thats what the U.S. Needs

    July 3, 2013 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  9. A Veteran

    The "longstanding partnership" dissolved back in the 1980s when the Muslim Brotherhood came into power. The only reason Barry wants them back in power is because of his ties to the Brotherhood, and he's beginning to see the change on the wind. There is no reason to even suggest a U.S. Military involvement when what has transpired is the WILL of the Egyptian people.

    July 3, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  10. Fed Up

    We need to stay out of Egypt. You wouldn't have seen this on any of the mainstream media outlets but the people of Egypt do not support the current regime, which was put in power by our regime. If anything Obama needs to step down!

    July 3, 2013 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  11. S. B. Stein

    If Morsy understood that the minorities need to be respected. He never did that with any group other than his own. That led to people being upset enough to do something. Morsy and the Islamic Brotherhood only understood that they were in charge and all were to follow them.

    July 3, 2013 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  12. Allan Franklin Brewster

    Obama was hired by the People of The United States to be the President of The United States. Not president of the World and not leader of a Global Police Force. Stay out of Egypt and other nations that do not present a direct danger to the United States.
    It is Unconstitutional to go to war with any nation without Congresses approval, and then only if they present a direct threat to the United States. Also remove all people with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood out of our Government.

    July 3, 2013 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  13. Tommy Corbett

    Hey Mr. President, how bout we just keep our noses out of their business. The only stable force in Egypt is the military. The military leaders seen what was about to happen and they acted in the best interest of their country and the people. The military has called for new elections and appointed a judge to run things until then. So for goodness sake just stay out of it and leave them alone.

    July 3, 2013 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  14. James Albers

    Obama is a hypocrit. He says respect the will of the people. However over here he is trying to rid us of our constitution and undermine the will of the people. He also seems to want the Muslim leader Morsy back in power. That is clearly not what the Egpytian people want. Obama needs to be impeached. He is not only bad for our country. He is bad for every country. He tries to force his influence on other countries.

    July 3, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  15. mcrognale

    This from the same guy who told an African audience, today, that America Conservatives cling to "obsolete ideas from the American Revolution."

    July 3, 2013 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  16. James B

    Translation: “I Am Deeply Concerned About The American Military Doing This To Me”.

    July 3, 2013 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  17. Michael Costello

    Obama throws his prestige behind a loathsome, Islamofascist dictator. Is this an example of that "smart diplomacy" we were promised?

    July 3, 2013 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  18. James Reese

    Nice try Obummer , but I do noe believe that the Egyptian people are gonna buy that one

    July 3, 2013 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  19. egiptoo

    Who is Barack Obama!!In order to claim the great Egyptian army?!!
    he Is just a pig!!

    July 3, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  20. Eternalgreenknight

    Obama gave money to the Muslim brotherhood so they could win the election. He funds terrorists with our tax dollars! He did in egypt, libya, and syria. All the troops and vets I know are for the removal of morsy. I wish our generals took their oath to protect and defend the Constitution as seriously as the Egyptian generals evidently care about protecting their people from a tyrant!

    July 3, 2013 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  21. dean anderson

    do not not believe single word Obama says he is compulsive liar!

    July 3, 2013 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  22. Richard Long

    You tell them Barack! The United States is the shining example of democracy, with it's widespread spying on it's civilians and silencing of it's press by threatening potential sources.

    July 3, 2013 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  23. Steve

    Can we get our F16s bck?

    July 3, 2013 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  24. Namesally Anderson

    Our President made the appeal to the people of Egypt telling them that the people in the US feel strongly that tjey should stand down and appealed to the military to restore order. He talks out of two sides. The Egyptian people want their President removed because he is not doing the job. Their President should accept the majority 's reasons for their discontent. He should step down now before lives are lost.

    July 3, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  25. Ed1

    No other government takes you serious Mr. Obama.

    July 3, 2013 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
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