U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said what happens in Egypt is “profoundly important” for the region, and the U.S. is eager to support the interim government’s promised transition to democracy.
US secretary of state throws Washington’s weight behind Egypt’s military-installed government.
The US secretary of state supports the military-installed government in Egypt, saying the White House is committed to working with the Arab country as its “vital partner”.
“We are committed to work and we will continue our cooperation with the interim government,” said John Kerry in his first official visit to the county after the Egyptian army ousted country’s first democratically-elected president Mohamed Morsi in early July.
I want to say “as clearly and as forcefully as I can in no uncertain terms, that the United States is a friend of the people of Egypt, of the country of Egypt, and we are a partner,” said Kerry in a news conference with Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy.
The top US diplomat made the remarks as his trip to Cairo was not announced by American officials until his airplane landed in the Arab country. This could be a sign of high anti-American sentiments in Egypt.
Unannounced visits by American officials are normally the characteristic of the trips to countries like Iraq and Afghanistan, which were invaded by US-led forces in past years.
The US secretary of state also urged Egyptian officials not to extend a state of emergency imposed after the ouster of Morsi and called for “inclusive, free and fair elections.”
“The United States believes that the US-Egypt partnership is going to be stronger when Egypt is represented by an inclusive, democratically elected civilian government based on rule of law, fundamental freedoms and an open and competitive economy,” he added.
Kerry was in Cairo for a six-hour stopover as part of a 10-day tour of the Middle East, Europe and North Africa.
Source: Press TV