Obama tells Morsi: US does not favor any Egypt group

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US President Obama told Egypt's President Morsi in a phone call Monday that the United States does not support any particular group, and that only Egyptians can determine their future.

The comments are widely seen in Egypt as a step back from Washington's past, at least-perceived support for Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood government, Egyptian journalist and Al-Monitor contributor Mohannad Sabry said.

The White House read-out of the July 1 call below:

President Obama called President Morsy on Monday, July 1, to convey his concerns about recent developments in Egypt. The President told President Morsy that the United States is committed to the democratic process in Egypt and does not support any single party or group. He stressed that democracy is about more than elections; it is also about ensuring that the voices of all Egyptians are heard and represented by their government, including the many Egyptians demonstrating throughout the country. President Obama encouraged President Morsy to take steps to show that he is responsive to their concerns, and underscored that the current crisis can only be resolved through a political process. As he has said since the revolution, President Obama reiterated that only Egyptians can make the decisions that will determine their future.President Obama also underscored his deep concern about violence during the demonstrations, especially sexual assaults against female citizens. He reiterated his belief that all Egyptians protesting should express themselves peacefully, and urged President Morsy to make clear to his supporters that all forms of violence are unacceptable. Finally, the President noted that he is committed to the safety of U.S. diplomats and citizens in Egypt and stressed his expectation that the Government of Egypt continue to protect U.S. diplomatic personnel and facilities.

(Photo: Egyptian protesters wave national flags and a red card with Arabic reading “leave” during a protest Sunday. AP Photo/Amr Nabil)