The White House congratulated Egypt
's president-elect Mohamed Morsi on his victory in that country's presidential election, calling it a "milestone" in the country's transition to democracy.President Obama called Morsi Sunday evening, telling him that the United States would stand by Egypt in its transitional period — and said that he looked forward to working together.(Also on POLITICO: Elections in Egypt
)"We look forward to working together with President-elect Morsi and the government he forms, on the basis of mutual respect, to advance the many shared interests between Egypt and the United States," press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement.Morsi, a member of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood party, was announced as the winner in the election Sunday morning — but the extent of the powers of the presidency are still in flux with Egypt's military threatening to curtail the office's role."We believe that it is important for President-elect Morsi to take steps at this historic time to advance national unity by reaching out to all parties and constituencies in consultations about the formation of a new government. We believe in the importance of the new Egyptian government upholding universal values, and respecting the rights of all Egyptian citizens – including women and religious minorities such as Coptic Christians. Millions of Egyptians voted in the election, and President-elect Morsi and the new Egyptian government have both the legitimacy and responsibility of representing a diverse and courageous citizenry," Carney said."The United States intends to work with all parties within Egypt to sustain our long-standing partnership as it consolidates its democracy. We commend the Presidential Election Commission and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) for their role in supporting a free and fair election, and look forward to the completion of a transition to a democratically-elected government," Carney said. "We believe it is essential for the Egyptian government to continue to fulfill Egypt’s role as a pillar of regional peace, security and stability. And we will stand with the Egyptian people as they pursue their aspirations for democracy, dignity, and opportunity, and fulfill the promise of their revolution."
Obama congratulates Morsi on winning Egyptian presidency
The White House
congratulated Islamist candidate Mohammed Morsi
on his election as Egypt
’s first freely elected president, calling it a milestone in the country’s transition to democracy.President Obama called Mr. Morsi
and defeated candidate Ahmed Shafiq
on Sunday and commended both men hours after Egypt
’s election commission confirmed that Mr. Morsi
, the candidate of theMuslim Brotherhood party
, defeated Mr. Shafiq
, the last prime minister of former President Hosni Mubarak
, by 51.7 percent to 48.3 percent in the election held one week ago.Mr. Obama “underscored that the United States will continue to supportEgypt
’s transition to democracy and stand by the Egyptian people as they fulfill the promise of their revolution,” the White House
said in a readout of the call.“He emphasized his interest in working together with President-elect Morsi, on the basis of mutual respect, to advance the many shared interests between Egypt
and the United States,” it added.According to the White House
, Mr. Morsi
welcomed U.S. support forEgypt
’s transition.“The two leaders affirmed their commitment to advancing the U.S.-Egypt
partnership and agreed to stay in close touch in the weeks and months ahead,” the White House
said.In a separate phone call, Mr. Obama commended Mr. Shafiq
on a “well-run campaign” and “encouraged [him] to continue to play a role in Egyptian politics by supporting the democratic process and working to unify the Egyptian people,” the White House
said.Mr. Obama “emphasized his interest in working together with the new Egyptian president and all Egyptian political groups to advance the shared interests between the United States and Egypt
,” it added.Also Sunday, Sens. John McCain, Arizona Republican, and Joe Lieberman, Connecticut independent, issued a joint statement saying: “The Egyptian people have spoken, and we respect their choice and look forward to working with President-elect Morsi in a spirit of mutual respect and in pursuit of the many shared interests of the United States andEgypt
.”Mr. McCain and Mr. Lieberman said the U.S. was never interested in the victory or defeat of a particular candidate in Egypt
’s presidential election. “That is a matter for the Egyptian people to decide, as they have now done,” they said.Last week though, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces passed several laws that strip the presidency of many of its executive powers. The nation’s Supreme Court also has dissolved the country’s parliament as being elected under illegal procedures.In response, the two senators called for unity among Egypt
’s leaders and said it was critical that the country’s democratic transition continue moving forward, including “restoring legislative power to an elected parliament and the drafting of a constitution that guarantees the rights of all and empowers an elected civilian government.”In a statement, press secretary Jay Carney also addressed another major U.S. fear of an Islamist victory, saying the Obama administration believes Mr. Morsi
and his new government “have both the legitimacy and responsibility of representing a diverse and courageous citizenry.”“We believe in the importance of the new Egyptian government upholding universal values, and respecting the rights of all Egyptian citizens - including women and religious minorities such as Coptic Christians,” Mr. Carney said.
Even though i support Morsi, since he is very just, we need to look at this for a second of why the same ones who invaded muslim countries simply supported this. May Allah(SWT) help morsi and the brotherhood to estabilish a good government and to estabilish shariah law. Ameen
My opinion is they've placed the MB in egypt for a reason to invade it. No other reason, so they can show to the west: ''Look how barbaric the current egyptian gov is, we need to invade it.''
Now i can expect ignorant comments. ''U deviant, u don't like islam dont you?'' But with everything what the west supportsi, i distant from it. simple.
There is a reason why israel is deploying massive troops movement at egypt in the coming years. Its not cop&robbers.