ANKARA, August 15, 2013 (AA)
US President Barack Obama has said US strongly condemns violence against Egyptian civilians, adds Egyptian government should lift state of emergency
UnitedÂ States (US)Â President Barack Obama saidÂ US strongly condemns violence against Egyptian civilians byÂ addingÂ Egyptian government “should lift state of emergency” relatedÂ to Wednesday’s violence in Egypt.
Referring to American history and the Arab Spring, Obama expressed that “democratic traditions are measured not in days or months,” but rather required generations to develop.
Obama emphasized the neutrality of the US’s stance and how the US was unwilling to side with any party or figures.
Expressing his dissatisfaction with accusations aboutÂ the US siding with any groups, whether in favor or opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood, Obama asserted, “that kind of approach will not help Egypt succeed.”
He said “America can not determine the future of Egypt. We do not take side of any political party.”
“We sustain our commitmentÂ to Egypt and its people. USÂ ?extends itsÂ consolation to those who were killed,” said Obama.
He alsoÂ saidÂ USÂ cancelledÂ bi-annual military exercises with Egypt but would notÂ cut military aid.
United States gives $1.55 billion in aid it sends to Egypt each year.
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