Obama con­cerned over Egypt deaths

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - HTWORLD - Press Trust of In­dia let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

WASHINGTON: US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama called­his Egyp­tian coun­ter­part Mo­hammed Morsi ex­press­ing con­cern over death of pro­tes­tors and em­pha­sised on end­ing vi­o­lence.

“The pres­i­dent em­pha­sised that all po­lit­i­cal lead­ers in Egypt should make clear to their sup­port­ers that vi­o­lence is un­ac­cept­able,” White House said on Thurs­day af­ter the phone call, not­ing that Obama ex­pressed his deep con­cern about the deaths and in­juries of pro­test­ers in Egypt.

“He wel­comed Pres­i­dent Morsi’s call for a di­a­logue with the op­po­si­tion but stressed that such a di­a­logue should oc­cur with­out pre­con­di­tions,” White House said, adding, Obama noted that the United States has also urged op­po­si­tion lead­ers to join in this di­a­logue with­out pre­con­di­tions.

Dur­ing t he phone call, Obama re­it­er­ated its con­tin­ued sup­port for the Egyp­tian peo­ple and their tran­si­tion to a democ­racy that respects the rights of all Egyp­tians.

“The pres­i­dent un­der­scored that it is es­sen­tial for Egyp­tian lead­ers across the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum to put aside their dif­fer­ences and come to­gether to agree on a path that will move Egypt for­ward,” White House said.

Pro­test­ers burn Brother­hood’s flag in Cairo on Thurs­day.

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