Egypt: U.S. State Department Daily Press Breifing: Egypt

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Washington, DC — Excerpt from the United States Department of State daily press briefing:

QUESTION: Yes, Egypt.

MS. NULAND: Egypt, yeah.

QUESTION: Yesterday, you were pretty clear that you wanted to see President Morsi repudiate his comments himself. You mentioned that there was a CODEL there in town. They met with President Morsi yesterday and they expressed their displeasure, according to the members of the CODEL.

MS. NULAND: I think it was today they're meeting.

QUESTION: Well, then maybe the meeting was today.

MS. NULAND: Yeah.

QUESTION: But they were there yesterday as well. Anyway, apparently there's an Egyptian presidential spokesman has come out and said that President Morsi's comments made - when he made them were taken out of context and that he was not referring to individuals or races of people but rather to racist policies of a country. Is that the kind of repudiation you're looking for?

MS. NULAND: I'm going to say to you, Matt, that I frankly haven't seen what President Morsi's spokesperson has said, so let me - nor have I had a readout on the CODEL's meeting with him.

QUESTION: Okay.

MS. NULAND: So let us just pledge to you that we'll get an update on Egypt for tomorrow.

QUESTION: Well, okay, but --

QUESTION: Could you get that one today?

QUESTION: If that's --

MS. NULAND: Let me see if we have anything further to share today.

QUESTION: If that's what - I mean, if that's what they're going to say and they think that that's case closed, basically, is that your view? I mean, would that be a sufficient repudiation for you to no longer have concerns about the statements?

MS. NULAND: Again, I haven't seen it so I can't evaluate it, nor have I had a chance --

QUESTION: You mean you're not going to trust me on this one? (Laughter.)

MS. NULAND: You know, Matt, I generally trust you, but I think I'm going to get a sense of how our Embassy understood it and what follow-up action that they've had.

Anything else? All right --

QUESTION: Well, no, wait. There was one - there was a question yesterday about the Palestinian - about some E1 activity, and then I had a question. It was about the South Hebron Hills. Did you - was there an answer to the second part? I know the E1 question was answered yesterday.

MS. NULAND: With regard to Hebron Hills, this is with regard to the hearings --

QUESTION: Right.

MS. NULAND: -- that are ongoing at the Israeli High Court of Justice.

We're obviously aware of the hearings. We're watching that situation closely. The hearings are ongoing, as you know.

QUESTION: And I - okay, understandably, but - and I understand that this is also in the Israeli legal system right now. But do you have any opinion on whether these evictions are legal or even - or do they - would they fall under the category of unilateral action that would be a provocative act?

MS. NULAND: I don't think it's going to be appropriate to comment here on an ongoing legal case in Israel while it's ongoing.

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