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El-Sisi leading democratic transition in Egypt: US

US State Department spokesperson Marie Harf says president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is leading a democratic transition, strategic relationship with Egypt ongoing, government should tolerate dissent

Ahram Online , Tuesday 19 Aug 2014
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Deputy spokesperson of the United States State Department Marie Harf said in a press briefing on Monday that Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is leading the country's democratic transition, despite recent criticism by the US of Egypt's human rights record and the US holding some of its aid to Egypt pending democratic reform.

"He is, he is," Harf said in response to a question whether the US views El-Sisi as leading a democratic transition in Egypt, but followed it by saying the country has a long way to go.

On 31 July, Harf had stated the aid was halted due to Egypt using weapons against its people, a statement which drew an angry response from Egypt, describing the allegation as a "figment of her imagination."

Harf said democratic transitions are difficult and take generations to occur. Harf nevertheless called for further steps to be taken by Egypt for political openness.

"What we expect is the process that’s laid out by Egypt’s constitution, that is laid out for how Egypt should be governed, is adhered to, and that the government should take additional steps to allow for dissent, to allow for people to come out in the streets and make their voices heard if they’re doing so peacefully," Harf said.

Egypt has launched a crackdown against the formerly ruling Muslim Brotherhood after president Mohamed Morsi was ousted from power by the military in 2013 following mass protests against him.

El-Sisi declined an invitation to visit the US to attend an African Summit and sent Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab instead, but went on a two-day visit to Russia where he spent much time in discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin, fuelling speculation relations with the US are dwindling.

Harf responded to a question last week about El-Sisi's Russian visit by insisting the Egypt-US relationship is "strong and strategic."

The US has "a strategic relationship with Egypt that is ongoing. But what that means is when we have places where we have overlapping strategic interests, like counterterrorism in the Sinai, we will work together. When we have concerns about what they’ve done, things they’ve done, we will say so publicly and clearly, and also privately. So it is a longstanding relationship" Harf said.

Harf also said Egypt is playing a "crucial" role in maintaining a ceasefire in Gaza.

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Phraoh
22-08-2014 01:51am
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elsisi ra2isi
All the haters will always hate and never congratulate. Love your haters, it will kill them. I love all of you out there who thought you could conquer the mother of civilization. Not because you are worthy of respect but because you are worthy of unconditional love for all your unstable and disordered mentalities. I am sorry you had to go through so much suffering in life. However, you will not stop Egypt from existing. You will never succeed in your plot, wa law karihal mushrikoon. You have taken yourselves as gods among men to enforce good and forbid evil. Not understanding that it is not to enforce good and forbid evil but to enjoin good and end evil in what your hand possesses (what you own). You don't own egypt and will never own it.
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Farag
20-08-2014 09:11am
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April's folish day
This title is suitable to be used a April's floish day
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Saeed Soltanpour
20-08-2014 04:20am
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US spokeperson on ALsisi
she is kidding . How a General who toppled down a democratically elected president can be democrat
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Farid
19-08-2014 03:58pm
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u must be kidding
Egyptian socalled journalist will face justice when sisi is removed by egyptian people for spreading sisi/US/israel/saudi regimes. Mubarak and hitler thoughted they will stay in power 4ever but justice finished hitler, mubarak and sisi will join his faith soon.
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Aladdin, Egypt
19-08-2014 11:14pm
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Nonsense
Pres. El-Sisi plce in our hearts. Tahya Misr Ya Wallah. LOL
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Aladdin, Egypt
19-08-2014 01:42pm
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WHy?
Why you keep changing your hair color like reptiles? You lost credibility among readers who cover their head. LOL.
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