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Egypt must get back to ‘inclusive approach’: US

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Hagel reiterated Washington’s appeal for dialogue amid ongoing bloodshed in Egypt

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urged Egypt's military rulers to take an "inclusive" approach (AFP File Photo)

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urged Egypt’s military rulers to take an “inclusive” approach (AFP File Photo)

AFP – US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urged Egypt’s military rulers to take an “inclusive” approach to governing after security forces killed hundreds of supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

Hagel reiterated Washington’s appeal for dialogue amid ongoing bloodshed in Egypt but acknowledged that US influence over events is “limited.”

“The interim government of Egypt must get back to an inclusive approach to reconciliation in Egypt,” Hagel said during a joint news conference at the Pentagon with his Chinese counterpart, General Chang Wanquan.

Hagel has had more than 15 phone conversations with Egypt’s army chief, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, since the officer led a coup against president Mohamed Morsi.

But he and other top US officials have failed to persuade the military leadership to avoid firing on Morsi’s supporters in the streets, with more than 800 killed in the brutal crackdown.

Due to the violence in Egypt, Obama last week announced the United States had cancelled a joint military exercise with Egypt scheduled for next month.

But he has chosen to maintain the flow of US military aid, which comes to $1.3 billion a year.

Asked why the United States did not cut off all aid as some lawmakers have urged, Hagel said Washington had vital interests in the region, including efforts to secure an Israeli-Palestinian peace.

  • abdul .a. shaiky

    IS USA SUPPORT DEMCRACY.?? OR HYPOCRATES.??
    SEE CIA AND MUSLI MBROTHERHOOD AT THE TIME JAMAL NASIR
    CIA Admits Role In 1953 Coup…
    The Iranian premier played a key role in the country’s 1951 movement that resulted in the nationalization of Iran’s oil industry, which had been mainly controlled by the British-owned Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (AIOC), now known as BP.
    When worldwide sanctions against Iran’s oil industry failed to force Mosadeq to abandon the move, a plan was devised by Britain (codenamed ‘Operation Boot’) and the US (codenamed TPAJAX Project) to overthrow his government.
    The coup saw the formation of an absolute US-backed monarchy under Iran’s last Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who was overthrown by the 1979 Islamic Revolution.


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