U.S. will not declare whether coup occurred in Egypt: U.S. official

WASHINGTON Thu Jul 25, 2013 8:01pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration told lawmakers on Thursday it does not intend to make a determination on whether a military coup occurred in Egypt, a senior U.S. official said, in a move that avoids a decision that would automatically force the cut-off of U.S. aid

Briefing members of Congress, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns told them the administration was not legally bound to draw any conclusion whether or not the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi should be designated a coup, and that to make such a declaration would not be in the U.S. interest, the official said.

"We believe that the continued provision of assistance to Egypt, consistent with our law, is important to our goal of advancing a responsible transition to democratic governance," the official said. "We will work with the Congress to determine how best to continue assistance to Egypt."

(Reporting by Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Eric Beech)

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Kailim wrote:
The pretext is ‘in the US interest’. In reality it is manipulation of world affairs while forsaking some American values, fairness and justice. The Diaoyu/Senkaku dispute is another example.

Please do as what you say. Make yourself our model, America, please.

Jul 25, 2013 9:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
oxen wrote:
Obama picked a team of advisers that have failed dismally. First they fund and arm AlQaeda in Syria. Now the support a coup and oppressive regime in Egypt. USA has lost its moral campus-big time. Obama/US seem not sure how to respond-even when what to do is obvious! US needs to tell the junta to go and stop all aid to Egypt an once. The type of leadership by mobs, tanks to usurp power is a total disgrace and will not bring peace to Egypt. Al-Sisi in orchestrating some blood bath by calling on his mobs & opportunists that lost elections last time. He will then use that as an excuse to go on rampage imprisoning and killing opponets-but he will still fail if the majority of patriotic citizens reject his puppet govt and stand firm. Junta’s like that should not be tolerated, may be UN should take care of Govt for a while, Egypt is a reverting to failed state fast.

Jul 25, 2013 12:49am EDT  --  Report as abuse
stambo2001 wrote:
It is AGAINST AMERICAN LAW to fund any country that has been taken over by military coup!!! The law is the law regardless of whether or not the Obama White House has the courage to follow it or not. In what world can you ignore a crime simply by not ‘declaring’ it?!? Obama has taken the ghetto ‘no ratting’ culture to a whole new level. The Egyptian military removed the democratically elected Mursi government in a coup and Obama refuses to ‘rat them out’ because it would be ‘inconvenient’?!

Jul 26, 2013 7:41am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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