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US should show equal keenness on Egypt relations: Presidential spokesman

Ihab Badawi states Wednesday that Egypt puts "national dignity" and the "people's will" first, while adding that Cairo and Washington will take steps soon to strengthen bilateral relations

Ahram Online, Wednesday 6 Nov 2013
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry with Egypt
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry participates in a joint news conference with Egypt's Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy (L) in Cairo, November 3, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt is keen on its relationship with the US, but the latter has to feel the same way for Egypt, presidential spokesman Ihab Badawi said in a press conference Wednesday.
 
Badawi said that even though Egypt is interested to stay on good terms with the US, it is more keen on the Egyptian people's will and on "national Egyptian dignity."
 
However, he also added that "practical procedures" on the political and economic levels would be taken soon to strengthen the relationship between the two countries, and reflect US support for the Egyptian people.
 
US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Cairo for a brief visit Sunday, during which he said his country is committed to working with Egypt's interim rulers.
 
Kerry's visit was his first since Islamist president Mohamed Morsi was deposed by the army 3 July amid mass protests against Muslim Brotherhood rule, and which sparked tensions between the two nations in its wake.
 
On 9 October, the US said it would withhold deliveries of tanks, fighter aircrafts, helicopters and missiles, as well as $260 million in cash aid, from Egypt's interim government, pending progress on democracy and human rights.
 
US officials stated that the decision demonstrated unhappiness with Egypt's path since 3 July.
 
Hundreds of pro-Morsi protesters were killed in August after security forces cracked down on demonstrations.
 
Addressing the Egyptian people, Kerry said "We support you in this tremendous transformation you are going through."
 
He also played down Washington's decision, taken just weeks ago, to suspend part of its annual aid to Egypt.
 
"US-Egyptian relations should not be defined by assistance," Kerry said, adding that the aid is a "very small issue."
 
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Samantha Criscione
07-11-2013 11:14am
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A very important point on apache helicopters that I left out
Kerry said we should not be concerned about the cuts in aid. First, if they aren't so important, then why haven't they been restored? Second, the U.S. claims it shares basic interests with Egypt, including fighting terror in Sinai. As widely reported in the media, the Apache helicopter has become a key weapon in pursuing those terrorists, making it possible to fight them in their mountainous hideouts. If the U.S. really supports the fight against those terrorists, why has it cut delivery of apache helicopters? -- Samantha Criscione
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Ostasia
07-11-2013 06:40pm
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PS: Apache Helicopters
Are also very important to secure our border with Libya - remember the jihadis set loose there a while ago in Benghazi, this is a major threat to us. So yeah....lets hinder the Egyptian Army but we are helping you "fight terrorism" - how please? What are your troops doing exactly in Sinai? So many questions and no answers.
Ostasia
07-11-2013 05:53pm
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Yes, why does the US stifle Egypt's fight against Militants in Sinai?
Absolutely right, both posts. But this one I had to reply to - that's the elephant in the room, watch nobody touching this subject. Perhaps because these militants in the Sinai are the same one's that we've seen in the last conflicts in other parts of Africa/ME/Balkan?
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Samantha Criscione
07-11-2013 07:32am
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On Mr. Enslow's apologia (in the comment below) for U.S. policy
Mr. Enslow's apologia for U.S. government policy is wrong on every count. First, the word coup does indeed have a moral meaning. The major Western powers (and the Turkish and Iranian regimes) strongly supported if not sponsored the removal of Mubarak, demanding that the military remove him, and when the military did, NONE of them said his removal was a 'coup,' nor did the international media; they praised his removal with the very positive word 'revolution,' giving the FALSE impression that most Egyptians were involved. Second, the U.S., the E.U., Iran and Turkey have indeed openly interfered in Egyptian affairs since January 2011. On January 31, 2011, Obama demanded that Mubarak leave office "NOW," and on Feb. 1, explaining what Obama meant, his spokesman, Robert Gibbs, said, "Now means yesterday!" That's an exact quote. At the same press briefing Gibbs said that major non-secular players -- obviously meaning the Brotherhood -- "must" be involved in governing Egypt, even though the Egyptian constitution forbade parties based on religion. These and similar actions by the immensely powerful US-EU alliance, took ordinary Egyptians by surprise and led to the complete destruction of Mubarak's party, which left the clerical fascist Brotherhood as the only powerful organized force in Egypt, setting the stage for Morsi's presidency. After Morsi removed Tantawi in August 2012 and seized legislative powers and the power to declare war, making him a 3/4 dictator, with only the judiciary beyond his control, the U.S. state and Defense department spokesmen both announced that top U.S. officials had known about and discussed this with Morsi before he acted! When the elephant of the U.S. 'knows about and discusses' the seizure of legislative power with Morsi the mouse, who do you think is calling the shots, the mouse or the elephant? So in fact under Morsi the U.S. was running Egypt as if it were the local branch of a corporation. As everyone knows, even at the end, when Morsi was isolated with (according to the June Gallup poll) only 19% of Egyptians approving his party, the U.S. still tried to save him, with Amb. Patterson saying that having demonstrations on June 30 would be wrong and that Egypt was freer under Morsi than under Mubarak. When Morsi was overthrown, the U.S., Germans, Italians and British DEMANDED he be set free, even though, obviously, that would have provided a rallying point for his clerical fascist base, very likely leading to full civil war. When the interim government quite correctly -- and as videos show, with remarkable restraint -- cleared the two Brotherhood terror camps, the usual governments and media screamed hysterically that this was a massacre, and Mr. Leon, the EU representative, told the lie that the government had acted despite an existing agreement that could have led to the camps being cleared without conflict. At his UN speech, Obama sneered at Egypt as a government that he would work with despite it not meeting international standards for democracy, but had not one critical word to say about the Iranian regime's murderous suppression of an initially nonviolent democracy movement. I am not anti-American. But the policies of both Obama's government and his Republican opponents towards the Middle East -- kissing up to Iran and pushing for Islamism in Egypt -- are VERY anti-American in the sense of opposing the interests of the American people. So, as people said during the June 30 revolution: Yes to the American people, No to the American government. --Samantha Criscione
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Michelle
07-11-2013 07:21am
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Don't get blood on you!!!
Raba3 is re openning :D I wonder who paid for the restoration/cover up? May the mass murders of the thousands of innocent, peaceful pro Morsi, pro truth and justice, pro standing up AGAINST the deep state corruption and lies...be a source of grief for all who know the truth but are too coward to stand up to the lies and massive slaughter and also a grief to those who follow blindly without properly finding out the truth and shamefully believe every convenient lie that has been manipulativley repeated and stupidly accepted. I am one of the peaceful Raba3 and Nahda protesters...and if you had also turned off the TV and gone to see for yourself...you would also know the truth about what is really going on. If you have any good in you...you will be able to see the truth. But you have to stop covering your ears and eyes to it when it reaches you...or you will be left in the deepening darkness. Choose the light of the truth...choose to see and hear about what the army and police did and are still doing to innocent men, women and children in Egypt. Don't run away from the truth of the mass massacre of thousands of innocent Egyptians and the mass arrests of tens of thousands of innocent Egyptians...men, women and children. Don't let the evil, bloodly crimes of Sisi and his killers leave you stained with blood! Be brave...the truth hurts but it hurts your soul more to support a massacre and cover up even through ignorance!!! Why trust everything you read in the media??? Don't be part of the cover up of a mass murder. Wrong is wrong no matter how many people are supporting it! And right is right no matter how many people are supporting it. Be a brave and honorable, critically thinking person. Don't trust mass murderers! Clear your conscience. Sincerely look for the deep truth in all matters. Stop talking about things you have not witnessed and only heard that someone who knew someone who knew someone heard that so and so said this and it was on the TV or newspaper so it must be true! No! You are better than that...think for yourself...analyse what you hear. When you hear the ikhwan killed the ikhwan...think...does this make any sense?! No! Bultagi didn't slaughter his daughter. They killed children, babies and people that were praying at Haris Gamhoori!!! Thousands of people in Raba3 and Nahda...shot in the head, burned alive. They didn't do this to themselves!!! We had no weapons to defend ourselves!!! That's why thousands of peaceful protesters died! Think about it...get real answers for you doubts. Don't believe the lies and don't pass on lies and injustice or carry any will to harm another Egyptian who is just trying to peacefully protest. Don't be tricked...go and talk to the widows and orphans yourself. Go and join one of the Friday maseeras or nightly maseeras in Egypt and give yourself time away from the media circus so you can find the truth. Because there is small tokens on truth being suffocated by seas of lies being sold as a manipulative brainwashing package in the Egyptian media. Don't buy the lies or let Sisi stain your white shirt with the blood of he murders. Let him stand for his eventual judgement without you. The Pharohs always fall and the murderers always fall into ruin. ALWAYS. Don't participate. Investigate. Like millions of us...you too will be guided to the truth if you are sincere.
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Leah
07-11-2013 06:09am
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Actions speak louder than words There is no dignity in killing thousands of innocent people! Google maps has already proven that the number of people alleged by Sisi in Tahrir that one day was a lie and physically impossible! For more than 4 months, there have been millions of Egyptians in the streets day and night protesting against Sisi's illegal coup which has been funded by American tax payers dollars! Also bullets that split open the heads of Morsi supporters at Raba3 causing their brains to pop out had inscriptions of Israeli identification on the as did the bulldozers which were imported from Israel that were part of the massacre in Raba3. The US is on the side of Sisi and his massacre. What a surprize?! Of course they are on the same side they have been funding it all since the beginning! Read the Protocols of Zion folks! The truth is difficult but in your heart you know that it's wrong to support mass murderers and their western allies...even if you are scared of them or don't want to take the responsibility of standing up for the truth. It is the right thing to do. Mass murder of innocent people is wrong no matter how you try to justify it and no matter who supports the murders.
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Sam Enslow
06-11-2013 07:26pm
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What!
The US should worry about the wishes of the Egyptian people and the dignity of Egypt. How about a few obligations of the Egyptians. Every article I read in the Egyptian newspapers is anti-American, most are totally false or, at best, misrepresentations of the US position on anything. Every problem in Egypt is blamed on someone else, usually America. The media is full of either complaints about US interference in Egypt's internal affairs or Egyptian comments about what is wrong with America's internal affairs. Even today The Brothers say the coup was an American plot while the Interim government says the US supports The Brothers. (And YES, you can have a coup supported by millions on the street. The word has NO moral meaning. A coup doesn't even have to be military). American aid, which comes from the pockets of American tax payers, is belittled and the most nefarious motives ascribed to it. No mention is made of private aid provided to Egypt via private foundations and NGO's. Now maybe the American people are incorrect to believe the Egyptians are quite capable to build their country if they so desire. Egypt doesn't need aid; it needs investment. Money moves where it is safe and welcome. Egypt has sent signals that it is not interested. They way to solve the subsidy problem is to make them unnecessary. When Egypt and Americans fought to liberate Kuwait, Egyptian soldiers could see American GI's next to them. Where were the Kuwaitis? They were in the clubs of Pyramid Road and in Cairo's casinos. When is the last time an Egyptian say a Saudi fighting next to him? The Kuwaiti gave Egyptians their noses in the air and baksheesh. America listened to the 25 of January Revolution and wants to those goals realized.
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Jumbaldaq
06-11-2013 07:15pm
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Oh oh oh
Mr kerry help Egypt nicely because sisi and pro USA government killing nicely Egyptian. They need more and more dollars to kill Egyptian public. They lover of dollars
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Bazaza
07-11-2013 06:56am
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You nicely show Egypts biggest problem
What a weird thing to believe. Why should America care about killing Egyptians. Your words illustrate that "ignorance" is Egypt's biggest problem
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