Kerry: Egypt violence 'deplorable,' Egyptians must 'step back'

Reuters, Ahram Online , Wednesday 14 Aug 2013

Amid a chorus of international condemnation, US top diplomat deplores police crackdown on pro-Morsi protest camps

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a news conference in Moscow, May 7, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

The United States strongly condemns Egypt's violence, calls for the state of emergency to end as soon as possible and urges all sides to seek a political solution, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday.

"Today's events are deplorable and they run counter to Egyptian aspirations for peace, inclusion and genuine democracy," Kerry told reporters at the State Department.

"Egyptians inside and outside the government need to take a step back, they need to calm the situation and avoid further loss of life," he added.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest, urged on Wednesday Egypt's military leaders to respect the basic human rights of the Egyptian people, amid a flurry of western condemnation of violence in turmoil-striken Egypt

Western and Arab countries, including Britain, Iran and Qatar, have severly condemned the use of force by Egyptian police to clear two protest camps set up in Cairo by loyalists of deposed president Mohamed Morsi, and advised a return to negotiations. UN has also deplored the violence, urging a "genuinely inclusive reconciliation."


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