Obama’s speech reflects change in U.S.-Egypt relations, say experts

CAIRO: The American position regarding the recent developments in Egypt has witnessed a major shift, according to Egyptian politicians and experts commenting on U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday.

Former Parliamentarian Aboul Ezz al-Hariri said that Obama’s speech expressed the global position from the recent developments witnessed in Egypt.

“The Egyptian army managed to prove its strength during its struggle against terrorism,” said Hariri, attributing the recent change in the U.S. stance to the army’s ability to control the situation in Sinai.

While Waheed Abdel-Maguid, member of Egypt’s National Salvation Front (NSF,) said that Obama’s statements reflect the U.S. administration’s intention to preserve its relations with Egypt while continuing its assessment of the democratic process during the country’s transitional period.

Former Head of Egypt’s Press Syndicate Makram Mohamed Ahmed said, during an interview with Al-Arabiya news channel on Wednesday, that the U.S. administration realized that the toppling of President Mohamed Morsi was necessary.

Ahmed added that Obama’s speech expressed support for the current situation in Egypt.

During his speech, President Obama said, “Of course, America has been attacked by all sides of this internal conflict, simultaneously accused of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and engineering the removal of power. In fact, the United States has purposely avoided choosing sides.”

However, he added, “The United States will maintain a constructive relationship with the interim government…but we have not proceeded with the delivery of certain military systems. And our support will depend upon Egypt’s progress in pursuing a more democratic path.”






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