WH clarifies Obama, Morsi and the U.N.

July 9, 2012 at 4:11 PM

WASHINGTON, July 9 (UPI) -- The White House Monday downplayed a report President Obama and newly elected Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi would meet.

"[The] president looks forward to meeting the new president of Egypt at UNGA [the U.N. General Assembly," White House spokesman Jay Carney said. "They have not met and they will both be participating at the U.N. General Assembly. That -- that is really the only issue here in terms of the reports."

It was reported from Cairo Sunday that Morsi and Obama would meet when the General Assembly convenes in September, a report Carney said was "overstated."

"I expect that the president will have a chance to meet with or see President Morsi at the U.N. General Assembly," Carney said. "We haven't worked details out of that, but we expect that he will be able to see him."

"There are no planned bilateral meetings in Washington around UNGA with any leader," Carney said.

Morsi, the candidate from the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, became the first president elected by a democratic vote in Egyptian history.

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