State Dept. Speaks Against Detention of Muslim Brotherhood Leaders

Posted on: July 11th, 2013 by ABC News No Comments

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — At a press briefing Thursday, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki used the harshest language to date to clearly speak out against the continued detention of Muslim Brotherhood leaders by the Egyptian Army.
“The arrests we’ve seen, of course, over the past several days targeting specific groups are not in line with the national reconciliation that the interim government and military say they are pursuing,” said Psaki.  “If politicized arrests and detentions continue, it is hard to see how Egypt will move beyond this crisis.”
She also offered a clarification of her comments from Wednesday insinuating the rule of ousted President Mohamed Morsi’s rule was not democratic, comments that were welcomed by the interim Egyptian government Thursday. The administration continues to maintain it is not taking sides in this situation, despite comments seemingly to the contrary.
“What I meant was that it is about the will of the Egyptian people, it is about their path and their choices and what kind of country the Egyptians want to live in,” she said. “We have all seen and talked a great deal about the 22 million people who spoke out and had their voices heard.  It is not for the United States to make an evaluation, but certainly we all saw the events and certainly wouldn’t ignore them.”
But all the criticism, did not stop her from confirming that the United States is continuing to send aid, including the F-16’s the Pentagon confirmed on Wednesday.
“We’re taking a review, a review is underway, we’re going to take the time to do that,”  said Psaki. “In the meantime, obviously, we’re continuing to provide assistance and don’t see the benefit in changing that.”

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