Situation in Egypt
Secretary of State
July 27, 2013
I spoke this morning with Interim Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei, Interim Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy, and European
Union High Representative Catherine Ashton and expressed our deep concern about the bloodshed and violence in Cairo and
Alexandria over the past 24 hours that has claimed the lives of scores of Egyptian demonstrators and injured more than
I want to convey our deepest sympathies to the families of those who lost their lives as well as those who were injured.
This is a pivotal moment for Egypt.
Over two years ago, a revolution began. Its final verdict is not yet decided, but it will be forever impacted by what
happens right now.
In this extremely volatile environment, Egyptian authorities have a moral and legal obligation to respect the right of
peaceful assembly and freedom of expression. Both are essential components of the inclusive democratic process they have
Violence not only further sets back the process of reconciliation and democratization in Egypt, but it will negatively
impact regional stability.
At this critical juncture, it is essential that the security forces and the interim government respect the right of
peaceful protest, including the ongoing sit-in demonstrations.
The United States urges an independent and impartial inquiry into the events of the last day, and calls on all of
Egypt’s leaders across the political spectrum to act immediately to help their country take a step back from the brink.
An inclusive political process is needed that achieves as soon as possible a freely and fairly elected government
committed to pluralism and tolerance.
The Egyptians who poured into Tahrir Square in 2011 and 2013 themselves called for this outcome for their country’s
future and for their aspirations.
A meaningful political dialogue, for which interim government officials have themselves called, requires participants
who represent all the political parts of Egyptian society.
To enable such a dialogue, the United States reiterates our call for an end to politicized detentions and the release of
political leaders consistent with the law.