President Barack Obama placed a phone call to the embittered Egyptian President Morsi on Monday to talk on the state of his nation. Egypt is beginning to take the configuration of the so-called Arab spring that swept out dictator Mubarak and ushered in President Morsi. The White House released a statement on the phone call made by President Obama to his Egyptian counterpart.
The White House statement reads:
“President Obama called President Morsy on Monday, July 1, to convey his concerns about recent developments in Egypt. The President told President Morsy that the United States is committed to the democratic process in Egypt and does not support any single party or group. He stressed that democracy is about more than elections; it is also about ensuring that the voices of all Egyptians are heard and represented by their government, including the many Egyptians demonstrating throughout the country. President Obama encouraged President Morsy to take steps to show that he is responsive to their concerns, and underscored that the current crisis can only be resolved through a political process. As he has said since the revolution, President Obama reiterated that only Egyptians can make the decisions that will determine their future.
“President Obama also underscored his deep concern about violence during the demonstrations, especially sexual assaults against female citizens. He reiterated his belief that all Egyptians protesting should express themselves peacefully, and urged President Morsy to make clear to his supporters that all forms of violence are unacceptable. Finally, the President noted that he is committed to the safety of U.S. diplomats and citizens in Egypt and stressed his expectation that the Government of Egypt continue to protect U.S. diplomatic personnel and facilities.”
The brotherhood party of President Morsi were inuedated by political opponents who are fiercely rejecting the conservative, non-secular and religious overtones of his administration. The opponents who were more liberal and secular in their political inclinations and phiolosophy were asking for President Morsi to step down.
Egyptian military industrial complex, headed by independent top military brass have already weighed in the fiasco taking place in the country. The perceived independent Egyptian military issued a 48-hour ultimatum for President Mohammed Morsi and his opponents to smooth out their political differences.
Opponents of President Mohammed Morsi protesters in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, July 2, 2013Ap Photo/Amr Nabil
The 48-hour ultimatum and the subsequent " leaking of the military's so-called political road map appeared aimed at adding pressure on Morsi by showing the public and the international community that the military has a plan that does not involve a coup. With tensions high, at least seven people were killed in three separate clashes between Morsi's supporters and opponents in Cairo, according to hospital and security officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media. The officials did not give more details. The violence raised the overall death toll to 23 since Sunday when a mass protest was held to mark the anniversary of Morsi's inauguration," as reported by Associated Press.
President Morsi on Tuesday in defiance of the military, tweeted on his official Twitter account: "President Mohamed Morsi asserts his grasp on constitutional legitimacy and rejects any attempt to deviate from it, and calls on the armed forces to withdraw their warning and refuses to be dictated to internally or externally."
محمد مرسي يؤكد تمسكه بالشرعية الدستورية ويرفض أي محاولة للخروج عليها ويدعوالقوات المسلحة سحب إنذارها ويرفض أي إملاءات داخليةأوخارجية