News / Middle East

Clinton Urges Early End to Emergency Rule in Egypt

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (r) and Egyptian Foreign Affairs Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr at the State Department in Washington, Sept. 28, 2011
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (r) and Egyptian Foreign Affairs Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr at the State Department in Washington, Sept. 28, 2011

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States would like to see Egypt’s interim administration end emergency rule as soon as possible.  Clinton discussed the political transition in Egypt and Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr.

Clinton stressed U.S. support for the election timetable set by Egypt’s military authorities, under which parliamentary elections are to begin in stages on November 28.

But she also suggested the democratic transition will be impeded if emergency rule, in place since 1967 and tightened after the September 9 mob attack on the Israeli embassy in Cairo, is not lifted sooner than the June, 2012 date set by the military.

“We hope to see the law lifted sooner than that, because we think that is an important step on the way to the rule of law, to the kind of system of checks and balances that are important in protecting the rights of the Egyptian people, to create the context for free and democratic elections.  And we want to see this as soon as possible," said discussed the political transition in Egypt and Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts with Egyptian Foreign Minister.

Clinton said the Obama administration is committed to large-scale aid to Egypt, including a one-billion dollar debt relief package proposed in May, and to fending off moves in Congress to condition U.S. aid on various things including curbing smuggling from Egypt into Gaza.

Members of Congress were alarmed by the attack on the Israeli mission in Cairo three weeks ago that forced an evacuation of its staff.

But at a joint press event with Clinton, Foreign Minister Amr defended the government’s handling of the incident and said the attack was “unfortunate” and condemned “by all responsible parties” in Egypt.

“We made it clear that we are committed to protect any mission on our soil and the personnel working in them," said Amr. "If you remember, the army was very careful to see that all the [Israeli] personnel that wanted to leave left under the guard of the army.  No one was hurt.  We made sure that everyone was safe.”

Clinton said she was pleased her Egyptian counterpart reiterated his government’s support for the Camp David accords with Israel, which she termed essential to regional stability and to Egypt’s own growth, prosperity and peaceful transition.

Foreign Minister Amr called Israeli settlement activity an impediment to peace that must be stopped.  Clinton urged Egypt to help the international Middle East Quartet “put pressure” on both Israel and the Palestinians to negotiate peace.

In New York last Friday, the Quartet - made up of the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations - urged the sides to resume direct talks within a month and commit to a deal by the end of 2012.  

You May Like

At International AIDS Conference One Goal, Many Paths

The 12,000 delegates attending 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne have vastly different visions about how to eradicate disease More

Disasters May Doom Malaysia’s Flag Carrier

Even before loss of two jets loaded with passengers on international flights, company had been operating in red for three years, accumulating deficit of $1.3 billion More

Afghan Presidential Vote Audit Continues Despite Glitches

Process has been marred by walkouts by representatives of two competing candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Nature of Space Exploration Enters New Agei
X
Elizabeth Lee
July 20, 2014 2:36 AM
Forty-five years ago this month, the first humans walked on the moon. It was during an era of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. World politics have changed since then and -- as Elizabeth Lee reports -- so has the nature of space exploration.
Video

Video Nature of Space Exploration Enters New Age

Forty-five years ago this month, the first humans walked on the moon. It was during an era of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. World politics have changed since then and -- as Elizabeth Lee reports -- so has the nature of space exploration.
Video

Video Chicago’s Argonne Lab Developing Battery of the Future

In 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science awarded a $120 million grant to a new technology center focused on battery development - headquartered at Argonne National Laboratory in suburban Chicago, Illinois. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, there scientists are making the next technological breakthroughs in energy storage.
Video

Video In NW Pakistan, Army Offensive Causes Massive Number of Displaced

Pakistan’s army offensive in North Waziristan has resulted in the large-scale displacement of the local population. VOA's Ayaz Gul reports from northwest Pakistan where authorities say around 80 percent of the estimated 1 million internally displaced persons [IDPs] have settled in Bannu district, while much of the remaining 20 percent are scattered in nearby cities.
Video

Video Kurdish Peshmerga Force Secures Kirkuk, Its Oil

The Kurdistan regional government has sent its Peshmerga troops into the adjacent province of Kirkuk to drive out insurgents, and to secure the area's rich oil fields. By doing this, the regional government has added a fourth province to the three it officially controls. The oil also provides revenue that could make an independent Kurdistan economically strong. VOA’s Jeffrey Young went out with the Peshmerga and filed this report.
Video

Video Malaysia Reeling: Second Air Disaster in Four Months

Malaysia is reeling from the second air disaster in four months involving the country’s flag carrier. Flight 340 vanished in March and despite an extensive search, no debris has been found. And on Thursday, Flight 17, likely hit by a surface-to-air missile, came apart over eastern Ukraine. The two incidents together have left more than 500 people dead. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Kuala Lumpur.
Video

Video Diplomatic Crisis Grows Over MH17 Plane Crash

The Malaysia Airlines crash in eastern Ukraine is drawing reaction from leaders around the world. With suspicions growing that a surface-to-air missile shot down the aircraft, there are increasing tensions in the international community over who is to blame. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video Undocumented Immigrants Face Perilous Journey to US, No Guarantees

Every day, hundreds of undocumented immigrants from Central America attempt the arduous journey through Mexico and turn themselves over to U.S. border patrol -- with the hope that they will not be turned away. But the dangers they face along the way are many, and as Ramon Taylor reports from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, their fate rests on more than just the reception they get at the US border.
Video

Video Scientists Create Blackest Material Ever

Of all the black things in the universe only the infamous "black holes" are so black that not even a tiny amount of light can bounce back. But scientists have managed to create material almost as black, and it has enormous potential use. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Fog Collector Transforming Maasai Water Harvesting in Kenya

The Maasai people of Kenya are known for their cattle-herding, nomadic lifestyle. But it's an existence that depends on access to adequate water for their herds and flocks. Lenny Ruvaga reports for VOA, on a "fog collector."

AppleAndroid