News / Middle East

Clinton Talks Democracy With Egyptian Military Chief

Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi walks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Ministry of Defense in Cairo, Egypt, July 15, 2012. Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi walks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Ministry of Defense in Cairo, Egypt, July 15, 2012.
x
Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi walks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Ministry of Defense in Cairo, Egypt, July 15, 2012.
Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi walks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Ministry of Defense in Cairo, Egypt, July 15, 2012.
CAIRO — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Egypt's military should follow through on commitments to ensure a successful transition to freely-elected civilian rule.  

Secretary Clinton and Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi met for more than hour at Egypt's Defense Ministry where they discussed the political transition and the military's ongoing dialogue with newly-elected civilian President Mohamed Morsi.

Soldiers still wield considerable power in post-revolutionary Egypt, especially following court orders dissolving parliament. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces scaled back presidential powers shortly before Morsi's election. He is the first Egyptian leader since 1952 to come from outside the military.

Secretary Clinton is urging the Tantawi-led military council to keep its promise to fully transfer power to civilians and return to a "purely national security role." She commended soldiers for representing the Egyptian people in the revolution against Hosni Mubarak and overseeing free and fair elections.

"But elections are just the beginning," she said. "It's not the end of anything. Now a government must be formed, a government that will respect the rights of all Egyptians: men and women, Muslims and Christians, wherever they live in the country."

Clinton said Egyptians "have sacrificed so much to get to this moment," and the United States believes a strong, durable democracy that respects the rule of law and protects the rights of women and minorities is the best way to realize their aspirations.

"We respect the right of Egyptians to build their country, but we believe strongly that universal rights must be protected," said Clinton. "All people deserve dignity. All people deserve their freedom."

In talks with both Field Marshal Tantawi and President Morsi, Secretary Clinton discussed the Obama administration's offer of $1 billion in debt relief and $250 million in loan guarantees for small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Field Marshal Tantawi told her that is what Egyptians need most now: help getting their economy back on track.

You May Like

EU Court Fines Poland for Hosting CIA 'Black Sites'

Ruling is first time a court has acknowledged suspects were held and tortured at the sites, under US program launched following the 9/11 terrorist attacks More

Migrant Issues Close to Home Spur Groups to Take Action

Groups placing water, food in the desert, or aiding detainees after release, have one common goal: no more deaths of migrants crossing illegally into the US More

Video At AIDS Conference, Prevention Pill Stirs Excitement

Truveda shows promise, spurring debate over access and other approaches 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.
Treatment for Childhood Epilepsy Heats up Medical Marijuana Debatei
X
Shelley Schlender
July 24, 2014 6:43 PM
In the United States, marijuana is classed as an illegal drug by the federal government. But nearly half the states have legalized it, to some degree. Proponents say some strains of marijuana might have exceptional health benefits, for treating pain or inflammation in chronic conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Shelley Schlender reports on a strain of medical marijuana developed in Colorado that is reputed to reduce seizures in childhood epilepsy
Video

Video Treatment for Childhood Epilepsy Heats up Medical Marijuana Debate

In the United States, marijuana is classed as an illegal drug by the federal government. But nearly half the states have legalized it, to some degree. Proponents say some strains of marijuana might have exceptional health benefits, for treating pain or inflammation in chronic conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Shelley Schlender reports on a strain of medical marijuana developed in Colorado that is reputed to reduce seizures in childhood epilepsy
Video

Video Airbus Adds Metal 3D Printed Parts to New Jets

By the end of this year, European aircraft manufacturing consortium Airbus plans to deliver the first of its new, extra-wide-body passenger jets, the A350-XWB. Among other technological innovations, the new plane will also incorporate metal parts made in a 3-D printer. VOA's George Putic has more.
Video

Video Death Toll From Israel-Gaza Conflict Surpasses 700

Gaza officials say a shelling hit a compound housing a United Nations-run school in the Gaza Strip, killing more than a dozen people, during an Israeli offensive in the area. Heavy fighting between the Israeli military and Hamas militants continued on Thursday, pushing up the death toll. So far, more than 730 Palestinians and 35 Israelis have been killed in the conflict. VOA's Scott Bobb has the latest from Jerusalem.
Video

Video AIDS Conference Welcomes Exciting Developments in HIV Treatment, Prevention

Significant strides have been made in recent years toward the treatment and prevention of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. This year, at the International AIDS Conference, the AIDS community welcomed progress on a new pill that may prevent transmission of the deadly virus. VOA’s Anita Powell reports from Melbourne, Australia.
Video

Video Israel Targets Gaza Supply Tunnels

The Israeli military has launched a ground operation in Gaza to destroy the myriad tunnels that may have been used to smuggle weapons to Hamas. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports that could mean more hardship for the people of Gaza, who obtain some of their essential supplies through these underground passages
Video

Video Researchers Target Low-Cost Avatar Technology

Scientists at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies say 3-dimensional representations could revolutionize social media. Elizabeth Lee has more from Los Angeles.
Video

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video In Cambodia, HIV Diagnosis Brings Deadly Shame

Although HIV/AIDS is now a treatable condition, a positive diagnosis is still a life altering experience. In Cambodia, people living with HIV are often disowned by friends, family and the community. This humiliation can be unbearable. We bring you one Cambodian woman’s struggle to overcome a life tragedy and her own HIV positive diagnosis.

AppleAndroid