CAIRO: Egypt’s Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy considered comments of U.S. President Barack Obama on Egypt during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday to be “positive.”
During his speech, President Obama said, “Mohammed Morsi was democratically elected but proved unwilling or unable to govern in a way that was fully inclusive. The interim government that replaced him responded to the desires of millions of Egyptians who believed the revolution had taken a wrong term.”
According to Fahmy, “Obama’s remarks were positive, and reflected an objective perspective of the situation in Egypt.”
He added that the speech included assurances that the U.S. would respect the will and choices of the people of the Middle East and that the American administration intends to establish good relations with Egypt’s interim government.
However, Obama also commented on Egypt’s extended state of emergency and restrictions on the media, civil society and opposition, saying that these decisions made by the interim government were “inconsistent with inclusive democracy.”
“Some references to procedures like extended the state of emergency were far from the reality of the developments and incidents in Egypt,” responded Fahmy. “All these procedures will come to an end once a road map is implemented and a new democratic state is established.”
Finally, Obama assured that the U.S. is willing to work with the Egyptian government as long as its core interests are preserved.
“Our overriding interest throughout these past few years has been to encourage a government that legitimately reflects the will of the Egyptian people and recognizes true democracy as requiring a respect for minority rights and the rule of law, freedom of speech and assembly, and a strong civil society,” said Obama.