WASHINGTON – The Egyptian government’s state of emergency should be lifted and a process of reconciliation must begin, President Barack Obama said Thursday of the turmoil in that country.
The president also condemned the violence against civilians and announced the United States is canceling next month’s joint U.S.-Egyptian military exercises.
The U.S. wants to sustain its relationship with Egypt, but “our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual when civilians are being killed in the streets,” Obama said.
When Egypt’s first democratically elected president was tossed out earlier this year, the White House stopped short of calling it a coup.
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