30 January 2013

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


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


MS. NULAND: Mm-hmm.

QUESTION: Egypt army chief has warned yesterday that Egypt's state could collapse. Do you take this warning into consideration?

MS. NULAND: Well, again, here I'm going to point you back to the extensive comments that the Secretary made yesterday on Egypt. Both in the townterview and in her subsequent TV interviews, she made clear the concerns that we have and our hope and expectation that the various groups in Egypt will come together around a table and talk these things out, and that dialogue will be the answer rather than violence of any kind.

QUESTION: And how do you view ElBaradei call today for talks with the regime?

MS. NULAND: It's a good thing. It's a good thing that members of the opposition are agreeing to sit down for talks. Now instead of just talking the talk, everybody's got to walk the walk and sit around the table.





QUESTION: Do you have any comment regarding the national dialogue? I mean, do you have any new writings on the walls that the people there can read it beside what was said in the last 24 hours?

MS. NULAND: Well, again, I think if you look back at what the Secretary had to say in the last 24 hours, she's spoken extensively about our hope to see the wishes of the Egyptian people when they went into the square so long ago fulfilled through the way the government takes the country forward. So we're looking to all sides to engage in a process of real democratic compromise. The government has a responsibility to help create that process. The opposition has a responsibility to engage in dialogue, that's what we want to see, so that the people of Egypt really see a future that is truly democratic where there is a lot of consensus about the way forward and where everybody feels like they have a voice and their rights are protected.

QUESTION: So in the last let's say 24 or 48 hours, is there any phone call was made from Secretary or anybody?

MS. NULAND: Not to my knowledge. I don't have - I don't think so.

QUESTION: Regarding the Embassy there. Is it closed, or it's working?

MS. NULAND: I don't have a today update. I think we mentioned on Monday that we closed early. We will check on that for you, and get back to you.


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