Skip to: Content
Skip to: Site Navigation
Skip to: Search


Egypt in turmoil: How the world is responding

Officials from around the world react to the deadly clashes between Egyptian security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

By Associated Press / August 16, 2013

President Barack Obama makes a statement about events in Egypt from his vacation home on Martha's Vineyard, Thursday, Aug. 15. The president announced that the US is canceling joint military exercise with Egypt amid violence.

Jacquelyn Martin / AP

Enlarge

World leaders reacted Thursday to clashes between Egyptian security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. Hundreds of people have been killed and thousands injured:

Skip to next paragraph

___

UNITED STATES

President Barack Obama canceled joint U.S.-Egypt military exercises, saying America's traditional cooperation with Egypt "cannot continue as usual" while violence and instability deepen in the strategically important nation. Obama said his administration would look at possible further steps, but he gave no indication the U.S. planned to cut off its $1.3 billion in annual military aid to Egypt. "America cannot determine the future of Egypt," Obama said in his first statement since violence erupted Wednesday. "That's a task for the Egyptian people."

___

U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL

The U.N. Security Council called on the Egyptian government and the Muslim Brotherhood to exercise "maximum restraint" and end the violence. The views were expressed by the council president, Argentine Ambassador Maria Cristina Perceval, after an emergency meeting. It was not a formal statement and represented the lowest-level response by the U.N.'s most powerful body — a reflection of the serious differences among the 15 council members on how to respond to the escalating crisis. The council also called for national reconciliation and expressed regret at the loss of life.

___

EUROPEAN UNION

Senior EU diplomats will meet Monday in Brussels to discuss the situation in Egypt and possible EU action, said Eamonn Prendergast, a spokesman for the bloc's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton. He said the diplomats will decide whether to convene an emergency meeting of the bloc's foreign ministers on Egypt. The EU is a major source of aid, loans and business for Egypt, including European sun-seekers vacationing in the Red Sea resorts.

___

SUDAN

The government of neighboring Sudan denounced the violence, and its foreign ministry appealed to Egypt's government and political parties to negotiate a solution that will spare Egyptian lives and avoid further violence.

The Sudanese Muslim Scholars Board, an institution close to the Muslim Brotherhood movement, issued a statement calling the violence "a battle between right and wrong, between faith and deception, between bare chests and criminal bullets."

It called the crackdown a "Zionist-Christian plots" and said Islam is now "faced with a war that does not want to see Islam prevail or lead, even if it comes through the ballot boxes." It urged Egyptians to "reject this injustice and to halt the horrible human slaughter."

___

IRAN

Iran's new president is calling on the Egyptian army to stop "suppressing" the Egyptian people. "I warn Egypt's military that Egyptians are a great and freedom-seeking nation. Do not suppress them," President Hasan Rouhani in a speech in parliament broadcast live on Iranian state TV. He condemned what he said was army "brutality."

___

RUSSIA

Russia's Foreign Ministry has urged its citizens to refrain from traveling to Egypt. The Russian Tourism Board had estimated that up to 60,000 Russian travelers were now in Egypt. Russian tourists have been advised to avoid big cities and rallies but diplomats have not urged Russians to stay away from the country altogether.

___

TURKEY

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the West of ignoring violence in Egypt and called on the U.N. Security Council to meet urgently to discuss the situation. Erdogan also said Egypt's leaders should stand trial "in a fair and transparent way" for what he termed a "massacre."

___

FRANCE

French President Francois Hollande summoned Egypt's ambassador and said "everything must be done to avoid civil war." In a statement issued after the meeting, Hollande also said he "condemned in the strongest way possible the bloody violence in Egypt and demanded the immediate end to the repression."

  • Weekly review of global news and ideas
  • Balanced, insightful and trustworthy
  • Subscribe in print or digital

Special Offer

 

Doing Good

 

What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Endeavor Global, cofounded by Linda Rottenberg (here at the nonprofit’s headquarters in New York), helps entrepreneurs in emerging markets.

Linda Rottenberg helps people pursue dreams – and create thousands of jobs

She's chief executive of Endeavor Global, a nonprofit group that gives a leg up to budding entrepreneurs.

 
 
Become a fan! Follow us! Google+ YouTube See our feeds!