U.S. wants to see Egypt succeed

Oct. 17, 2013 at 12:15 PM
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Washington is committed to a relationship with its interim counterparts in Egypt that will help the country develop democratically, a spokeswoman said.

The U.S. government this month announced it was suspending some military assistance to Egypt and cutting off $260 million in financial aid to the Egyptian military in response to violence that erupted in the wake of the July ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.

Catherine Ashton -- EU foreign affairs and security policy representative -- in August announced the suspension of export licenses for "equipment used for internal repression" in Egypt.

Egyptian political figures have been unable to come to terms on a way forward after Morsi's ouster. His supporters from the Muslim Brotherhood have staged regular protests against the interim administration.

Jen Psaki, a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, said during her regular press briefing Wednesday the U.S. government wanted to see "Egypt succeed" despite the chill in bilateral affairs.

"We want to see the interim government's political road map result in a constitution that protects universal human rights and civil liberties and is in an inclusive, democratically elected government," she said.

Psaki noted the U.S. government maintains a strategic and security relationship with the interim government in order to protect U.S. interests in the region.

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