White House Urges Calm, Calls For Resolution In Egypt

Category: World / Nov 26, 2012 6:50PM EDT
U.S. President Barack Obama is calling for calm in Egypt and for the country to resolve differences over its constitutional impasse peacefully, a White House spokesman said on Monday (November 26). "We call for calm and we encourage all parties to work together and call for Egyptians to resolve their differences over these important issues peacefully," said White House spokesman Jay Carney. Recent declarations by Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi that expanded his powers and put his decisions out of the reach of judicial review have raised questions internationally about the country's work on establishing a constitution and democratic system. "We have expressed and raised concerns about some of the decisions and declarations that were made on Nov. 22," he added. "Our interest in the development and the transition to democracy in Egypt is one that reflects what the Egyptian people demanded through the revolution and continue to demand which is for government to reflect the will of the people and we will continue to work towards that goal because it reflects what the Egyptian people want." The decrees have also forced Obama to straddle two positions on Mursi, who helped broker a ceasefire in the recent Gaza conflict that was backed by the United States.