White House urges restraint by Egyptian military

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE Thu Jul 25, 2013 1:24pm EDT

Egyptian Army soldiers sit on an armoured personnel carrier (APC) on a tram track, during a patrol, as supporters of deposed president Mohamed Mursi approach the presidential palace in Cairo, July 19, 2013. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

Egyptian Army soldiers sit on an armoured personnel carrier (APC) on a tram track, during a patrol, as supporters of deposed president Mohamed Mursi approach the presidential palace in Cairo, July 19, 2013.

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ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - The White House on Thursday urged the Egyptian military to exercise "maximum restraint" and to do its utmost to prevent clashes between rival protesters.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest also said Washington was concerned about "any rhetoric that inflames tension" after Egyptian army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called on Egyptians to take to the streets to show their support.

"The administration has urged the security forces to exercise maximum restraint and caution," Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One as President Barack Obama headed for Florida. Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi and the army that toppled him prepared for rival protests on Friday.

(Reporting By Mark Felsenthal; Writing by Matt Spetalnick and Roberta Ramption; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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Comments (3)
CSParty wrote:
SO, let’s see how it came to this. 1st, Mubarak said he would not seek re-election. Then, Obama told Mubarak he must go now and the transition needs to start right now. Then, Morsi was voted in (I stil think the elections were rigged). Now, a military coup topples him and Obama refuses to call it a coup and does not condemn the action. Then, Obama, against US law, decides we must continue our foreign aid to Egypt and on the very day we are to send them F-16 fighters (the first of many) he calls off the ferry flight. Now, he urges restraint. Maybe, if Obama had kept his mouth shut and allowed Mubarak to finish his term and elections to be held, all of this could have been avoided. When the President of a superpower tells the leader of another country they have to go, maybe he should rethink his actions. Our foreign policy is a mess right now and we’re not helping.

Jul 25, 2013 1:57pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sjfella wrote:
The way he has needlessly sacrificed his own military in toilets around the world that don’t even like us I wonder if Obama is afraid they may be coming after him one day.

Jul 25, 2013 2:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Abdellanine wrote:
Obama really don’t react to everything outside your own business. We are not in need of F16 but jobs so that all Egyptians can be as reach as you are.

Jul 25, 2013 2:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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