U.S. says 'very concerned' about unrest in Egypt: State Department

WASHINGTON Wed Jul 3, 2013 1:38pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is 'very concerned' about the situation in Egypt, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday of the sweeping protests surrounding a stand-off between Egypt's armed forces and Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

The situation in Egypt remains fluid, and the United States cannot confirm whether a military coup is underway, department spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters.

"We do ... remain very concerned about what we're seeing on the ground," Psaki said at a State Department briefing.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey; editing by Jackie Frank)

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American farmers should be concerned. Egypt is a big market. American arms suppliers should also be concerned. The USA gives Egypt lots of weapons.
Most of Egypt is desert — bone dry and unable to grow the food 85 million Egyptians need.
As one expert wrote elsewhere: “The root problem is that Egypt can’t produce enough food to feed its own people. Its home-grown agriculture is a narrow strip of irrigated land along the Nile River. Everything else is sand. So Egyptians rely on farmers in other countries to meet their needs. Egypt is the largest importer of wheat in the world and the eighth-largest export market for American farmers.”

Jul 03, 2013 1:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
unionwv wrote:
If Obama had had more executive experience than as a “communnity organizer”, he might have been “very concerned” about the eventual implications of throwing one after another of the U.S’s traditional Middle Eastern relationships under the bus.

Jul 03, 2013 2:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Jake987 wrote:
Another stellar job by Obama and Kerry …..at least now we know why they needed the tanks!

Jul 03, 2013 2:50pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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