26 December 2012

Egypt: U.S. - Morsi Has Special Responsibility to Bridge Divisions, Build Trust

The United States said that President Mohamed Morsi has a special responsibility "to move forward in a way that recognizes the urgent need to bridge divisions, build trust, and broaden support for the political process".

"The future of Egypt's democracy depends on forging a broader consensus behind its new democratic rules and institutions," Spokesman for US State Department Patrick Ventrell told reporters on Tuesday 25/12/2012.

"We have called for genuine consultation and compromise across Egypt's political divides. We hope those Egyptians disappointed by the result will seek more and deeper engagement. We look to those who welcome the result to engage in good faith. And we hope all sides will re-commit themselves to condemn and prevent violence," Ventrell added.

He noted that Washington remains committed to helping Egyptians to realize their aspirations that drove their Revolution and complete a successful democratic transition, saying that "only Egyptians can decide their country's future."

"Egypt needs a strong, inclusive government to meet its many challenges," the diplomat said.

He reiterated that Egypt's future "depends not only on the ability of one side to prevail over the other, but on the commitment of all to engage in an inclusive process to negotiate their differences as well"

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