News / Middle East

Kerry: Egyptian Leaders Need to Restore Stability

Kerry: Egyptian Leaders Need to Restore Stabilityi
X
July 18, 2013 12:57 AM
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Egypt's new interim leaders need to restore stability following the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi. He told Arab League foreign ministers in Jordan that the Obama administration is not rushing to declare this a coup -- a legal distinction that would affect U.S. aid to the country. VOA State Department correspondent Scott Stearns reports from the Jordanian capital.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Egypt's new interim leaders need to restore stability following the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi. He told Arab League foreign ministers in Jordan that the Obama administration is not rushing to declare this a coup, an important legal distinction that would affect U.S. aid to Egypt. 
 
Kerry says Egypt is facing an "extremely complex and difficult situation." 
 
"Very clearly, order needs to be restored to the streets, stability needs to be restored, violence needs to be ended, rights need to be protected, jobs need to be created, and the country needs to be able to return to normal business, hopefully," he said. 
 
He says the United States wants to see everyone participate in a political transition to move the country forward on a democratic path without fear of retribution. 
 
"We are concerned about political arrests, and we're concerned about the freedom of people to be able to participate because we think that's an important part of the restoration of the heart and soul of Egypt," he said. 
 
President Morsi remains under arrest as do other leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is rejecting the authority of an interim administration that took power early this month. That transitional authority includes army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who ousted Morsi and is now deputy prime minister. It has no members from Islamist parties. 
 
Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh has met with those interim leaders and says the political and constitutional process "is very much on track." 
 
"There's a constitutional process that is taking them in the right direction, which is forward, and in a timelined, benchmarked fashion," he said. 
 
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a joint news conference with Jordan's Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh (not seen) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Amman Jul. 17, 2013.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a joint news conference with Jordan's Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh (not seen) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Amman Jul. 17, 2013.
x
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a joint news conference with Jordan's Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh (not seen) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Amman Jul. 17, 2013.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a joint news conference with Jordan's Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh (not seen) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Amman Jul. 17, 2013.
Speaking to reporters in Amman alongside the Jordanian foreign minister, Kerry said Washington has made clear its "very deep concern" about Egypt's armed forces removing President Morsi and suspending the constitution but is in no "rush to judgment" to declare his ouster a coup. 
 
"We need to take the time necessary because of the complexity of this situation to evaluate what has taken place, to review all of our requirements under the law, and to make it consistent with our policy objectives," he said. 
 
U.S. law requires the Obama administration to stop its more than $1.5 billion in annual aid if it decides this was a coup. 
 
"What complicates it obviously is that you had an extraordinary situation in Egypt of life and death, of the potential of civil war and enormous violence, and you now have a constitutional process proceeding forward very rapidly. So we have to measure all of those facts against the law," he said. 
 
Foreign Minister Judeh offered his opinion on the question, saying a military coup is when the military takes over, and that is not what happened here. Instead, he says soldiers intervened "to put the constitutional process back on track." 
 
"And I think that we've got to give them the benefit of the doubt. They know best. The military in Egypt has been the guarantor of peace and stability in many twists and turns in Egypt's contemporary history," he said. 
 
In their meetings with Arab League foreign ministers, Kerry and Judeh also discussed the war in Syria and efforts to resume Israeli/Palestinian peace talks on a two-state solution. 

You May Like

Israelis Quietly Expand Enclave in Palestinian District of Jerusalem

Estimated 500 settlers, armed or protected by paramilitary police, live in Silwan among 50,000 Palestinians More

Video US, Iran Face Similar Challenges in Syrian Fight Against IS

Both Washington, Tehran back fighters battling Islamic State militants in Iraq -- but in Syria they support opposing sides in country’s civil war More

China Boosts Efforts to Help Afghan, Regional Stability

Observers say China’s increased regional involvement are due to concerns that Afghan instability and the presence of anti-China militants in Pakistani border areas could fuel Xinjiang troubles More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: sara from: ca
July 17, 2013 11:20 PM
America support democracy in Egypt, Bahrain and Syria.


by: Michael Guy from: Canonsburg, PA
July 17, 2013 10:25 PM
The Sunni oil sheiks of Qatar, Riyadh and the Persian Gulf are the financiers and controllers of the various wahhabi jihadist sects rife in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and throughout the world. The oil princes of the Persian gulf have sent their "old men of the mountain" assassins to kill all Shia, Americans, Hindus and other kaffirs ever since Mogadishu, the USS Cole and 9-11. Their goal is a one worl Sunni Caliphate and eradication of all shia led nations, like Libya and soon, Iran Because America needs cheap oil and use of dollars as petro currency. These Muslim nobles also own much of our national debt. These sheiks manipulate and control the indebted and bribed Western politicians and bureaucrats like President Obama, John Kerry and Hillary clinton. Even though 100% of the military's casualties and 80% of all terror in Africa, India and the rest of the world was commited by the jihadist monsters of the sunni oil sheiks. But what do you expect of the Democratic Party, many of them, like John Kerry. also supported Ho Chi Minh during the Vietnam war


by: &*8gyTF from: DC, WASHINGTON
July 17, 2013 4:20 PM
German Ambassador to Egypt Michael Bock has clarified his country's position during a small press meeting attended by Ahram Online Wednesday at the German Embassy in Cairo following a contentious statement made by the German foreign ministry calling for the release of deposed president Mohamed Morsi.The statement was widely condemned among Egyptians amidst ongoing political upheaval between supporters and opponents of Morsi’s removal.
"We call for an end to the restrictions on Mr Morsi's whereabouts and suggest a trusted institution be granted access to Morsi," stated a German foreign ministry spokesman Friday, identifying the International Committee of the Red Cross as a credible body for the task.Ambassador Bock reiterated the same sentiments on Morsi's detention and the intervention of a trustworthy institution. The ambassador highlighted that the ministry's statement was selectively quoted and that important parts of its statement were disregarded by the media.When questioned on the rationale behind seeking Morsi's release, Ambassador Bock said that unwarranted political arrests of Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood figures would further alienate the Islamist organisation and push it underground. Such isolation would likely harden their heroic status among supporters, which may have dangerous repercussions.
"Morsi's release is useful for the country's re-democratisation. The judiciary should rapidly determine a verdict. Is there a case against him or not?" Bock asked, elaborating that the German government is yet to get a response from the prosecutor general in this regard, adding that using judicial channels as a means to exact political revenge would be unwise.


by: $567trf from: DC
July 17, 2013 4:06 PM
Cairo, Qahirah - EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Wednesday that she regretted not having been able to meet Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi on a visit to Cairo.

She called for his immediate release from the custody he has been kept in since just hours after the military toppled him on July 3 following nationwide street protests against him.

“I believe he should be released. I was assured he is well. I would have liked to see him,” Ashton told reporters.

During her visit, Ashton met the country's new leaders, including interim President Adly Mansour, prime minister Hazem al-Beblawi and the general behind the coup, army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

She said she had been able to meet officials of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the political wing of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, many of whose leaders have been detained.

She said she also met representatives of Tamarod, the grass-roots movement behind the mass protests that led up to Morsi's overthrow.

On a visit to Cairo on Monday and Tuesday, US Under Secretary of State William Burns did not meet Muslim Brotherhood representatives and was snubbed by Tamarod.

Senior FJP official Amr Darrag said it had been the EU who had sought the meeting.

“The delegation didn't come to ask the EU anything, the meeting took place at Ashton's request,” he told the state MENA news agency.

Ashton told Egypt's interim leaders that the EU wanted “a quick return to the democratic process, and a full, inclusive process,” her spokesman Michael Mann told AFP.

She also stressed “the need to get the economy going as quickly as possible,” in a country where a quarter of the population live below the poverty line.

On Tuesday, a new 34-member cabinet was sworn in, but both the Muslim Brotherhood and the main Salafist party Al-Nur spurned offers to join it.

As a result, none of the ministers in the caretaker administration are affiliated to the Islamist movements which swept Egypt's first freely contested parliamentary elections.

The top EU diplomat also reiterated European concerns about the unrest that has rocked Egypt since Morsi's ouster on July 3, in which more than 100 people have been killed, according to an AFP tally. - Sapa-AFP

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rulesi
X
October 21, 2014 12:20 AM
European Union finance ministers have reached a breakthrough agreement that will make it more difficult for tax cheats to hide their money. The new legislation, which had been blocked for years by countries with a reputation as tax havens, was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. But as Mil Arcega reports, it doesn’t mean tax cheats have run out of places to keep their money hidden.
Video

Video After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rules

European Union finance ministers have reached a breakthrough agreement that will make it more difficult for tax cheats to hide their money. The new legislation, which had been blocked for years by countries with a reputation as tax havens, was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. But as Mil Arcega reports, it doesn’t mean tax cheats have run out of places to keep their money hidden.
Video

Video Kobani Refugees Welcome, Turkey Criticizes, US Airdrop

Residents of Kobani in northern Syria have welcomed the airdrop of weapons, ammunition and medicine to Kurdish militia who are resisting the seizure of their city by Islamic State militants. The Turkish government, however, has criticized the operation. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from southeastern Turkey, across the border from Kobani.
Video

Video China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Law

China’s communist leaders will host a top level political meeting this week, called the Fourth Plenum, and for the first time in the party’s history, rule of law will be a key item on the agenda. Analysts and Chinese media reports say the meetings could see the approval of long-awaited measures aimed at giving courts more independence and include steps to enhance an already aggressive and high-reaching anti-corruption drive. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video US ‘Death Cafes’ Put Focus on the Finale

In contemporary America, death usually is a topic to be avoided. But the growing “death café” movement encourages people to discuss their fears and desires about their final moments. VOA’s Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Video

Video Ebola Orphanage Opens in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone's first Ebola orphanage has opened in the Kailahun district. Hundreds of children orphaned since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak face stigma and rejection with nobody to care for them. Adam Bailes reports for VOA about a new interim care center that's aimed at helping the growing number of children affected by Ebola.
Video

Video Young Nairobi Tech Innovator on 'Track' in Security Business

A 24-year-old technology innovator in Nairobi has invented a tracking device that monitors and secures cars. He has also come up with what he claims is the most robust audio-visual surveillance system yet. As Lenny Ruvaga reports from the Kenyan capital, his innovations are offering alternative security solutions.
Video

Video Latinas Converting to Islam for Identity, Structure

Latinos are one of the fastest growing groups in the Muslim religion. According to the Pew Research Center, about 6 percent of American Muslims are Latino. And a little more than half of new converts are female. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti travelled to Miami, Florida -- where two out of every three residents is Hispanic -- to learn more.
Video

Video Exclusive: American Joins Kurds' Anti-IS Fight

The United States and other Western nations have expressed alarm about their citizens joining Islamic State forces in Syria and Iraq. In a rare counterpoint to the phenomenon, an American has taken up arms with the militants' Syrian Kurdish opponents. Elizabeth Arrott has more in this exclusive profile by VOA Kurdish reporter Zana Omer in Ras al Ayn, Syria.
Video

Video South Korea Confronts Violence Within Military Ranks

Every able-bodied South Korean male between 18 and 35 must serve for 21 to 36 months in the country’s armed forces, depending upon the specific branch. For many, service is a rite of passage to manhood. But there are growing concerns that bullying and violence come along with the tradition. Reporter Jason Strother has more from Seoul.
Video

Video North Carolina Emerges as Key Election Battleground

U.S. congressional midterm elections will be held on November 4th and most political analysts give Republicans an excellent chance to win a majority in the U.S. Senate, which Democrats now control. So what are the issues driving voters in this congressional election year? VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone traveled to North Carolina, one of the most politically competitive states in the country, to find out.
Video

Video Comanche People Maintain Pride in Their Heritage

The Comanche (Indian nation) once were called the “Lords of the Plains,” with an empire that included half the land area of current day Texas, large parts of Oklahoma, New Mexico, Kansas and Colorado.The fierceness and battle prowess of these warriors on horseback delayed the settlement of most of West Texas for four decades. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Lawton, Oklahoma, that while their warrior days are over, the 15,000 members of the Comanche Nation remain a proud people.
Video

Video Turkey Campus Attacks Raise Islamic Radicalization Fears

Concerns are growing in Turkey of Islamic radicalization at some universities, after clashes between supporters of the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) or ISIS, and those opposed to the extremists. Pro-jihadist literature is on sale openly on the streets of Istanbul. Critics accuse the government of turning a blind eye to radicalism at home, while Kurds accuse the president of supporting IS - a charge strongly denied. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.

All About America

AppleAndroid