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Egyptian govt rejects McCain's 'clumsy' statements on Morsi's ouster

Spokesman for Egyptian presidency denounces statement by US Senator John McCain Monday describing Morsi's ouster as a military coup

Ahram Online, Wednesday 7 Aug 2013
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Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham (R) address a news conference in Cairo, 6 August, 2013.(Photo: Reuters
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An Egyptian presidential aide rejected statements by US Senator John McCain describing the popularly-backed military overthrow of Mohamed Morsi as a coup d'etat.

"John McCain is distorting facts. His clumsy statements are unacceptable in form and substance," presidential aide Ahmed El-Muslimani told Ahram Arabic website Monday evening.

McCain, who made the comments at a press conference in Cairo on Monday, is the first US official visiting Egypt to refer to the removal of Morsi as a military coup. Secretary of State John Kerry said last week that the Egyptian army had "restored democracy" and averted civil war by deposing the Islamist president.

A source from Egypt's foreign ministry told state news agency MENA that Egypt's interim foreign minister Nabil Fahmy was dismayed at McCain's statements and that the ministry is preparing an official response.

McCain expressed concerns during a news conference in Cairo earlier on Monday over the country's political process, saying the US "cannot support Egypt that is not moving to a democracy."

US Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham visited Egypt to take part in mediation efforts between Egypt's political rivals following Morsi's ouster.

McCain also urged that senior Brotherhood figures who have been detained since the 3 July ouster of Morsi be released.

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aboujafar
08-08-2013 12:55am
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Stop living in denial!
It was a coup! And not everyone who thinks that is a Morsi supporter or MB, by the way. So get over yourselves, and deal with the truth of the matter: It was a coup!!!!
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Chris
08-08-2013 12:46am
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Senator McCain does not speak for the majority of Americans...including me. Clearly the democratically elected Morsi turned to a non-democratic philosophy shortly after he was inaugurated. Whether that was the plan all along or not is not important. What is important is...politics and religion should never mix. Only bad things happen when they do. It's very probable that McCain spoke "clumsy" as has been inferred...however we don't always know what is happening behind closed doors in heated negotiations. Regardless...failure was the outcome whether intentional or not.
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Samantha Criscione
07-08-2013 02:41am
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Mc Cain is worse than a fool -- he is unfortunately Obama's agent
McCain is not urging -- in fact, demanding -- mediation between political rivals, as the article states. He is demanding that people arrested for capital crimes be treated instead as political detainees and be released and then be elevated to the status of "rivals." Egypt had a revolution. In revolutions, the army either sides with the ruling power, or opposes it. In this revolution, fortunately the army sided with the people. What was overthrown was the Brotherhood, and they were overthrown because they were committing crimes, including crimes against judicial process, such as by using force to prevent the Supreme Constitutional Court from ruling on the constitutional assembly's legitimacy on Dec. 2. Other crimes included beatings, torture and murder, perpetrated many times, ordered and managed by the Brotherhood leaders presently in jail and many other lesser figures. These people must be tried -- justice demands it! -- or Egypt can never breath free. McCain is not *just* a clumsy fool -- that is, he IS a clumsy fool, but he is also Obama's agent. He came to Egypt at Obama's request. Therefore he speaks for Obama. Speaking for Obama he wants to compound Morsi and the Brotherhood's crime of trying to intimidate, suppress and corrupt the legal system by using U.S. power to interfere in Egypt's judicial process. This by the way is what Austria tried to do to Serbia in 1914, leading to World War I. -- Samantha Criscione
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amir
07-08-2013 02:19am
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duck
what walks like duck and quack like duck is duck but the media, the interim goverment, the army is calling it a plane
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Rahman
07-08-2013 02:15am
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Political Prosecution
UN should refer General Sisi and the Interior Minister to world court for crime against humanity.We want Turkey, European community and US to convent UN meeting immediately to press for further action against the Coup in Egypt otherwise it become precedent in the future if necessary economic sanction. US should not worry that the Military want to blackmail US as the international community who should human right and democracy will support US initative.
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Dalou
07-08-2013 05:01pm
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American duplicity
Lindsay Graham & John McCain are sponsors of the Syrian sectarin civil war, this is a ploy disguised as American democratic values, they practice Israeli advocacy all over the ME., How do you explain the frenzy in Israel when Moursi was ousted,
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