US President Barack Obama has interrupted his summer break to make a statement about the bloodshed in Egypt.
From his holiday home on the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard, Obama confirmed that the US would cancel joint military exercises. He did not mention whether Washington would stop the one billion euros it gives to the Egyptian military in aid every year.
Obama told reporters that the US does not take sides in Egypt’s conflict and condemned the violence of both sides.
“America cannot determine the future of Egypt, that’s a task for the Egyptian people. We don’t take sides with any particular party or political figure. I know it’s tempting inside of Egypt to blame the United States or the West or some other outside actor for what’s going wrong. We have been blamed by supporters of Mursi, we have been blamed by the other side as if we are supporters of Mursi. That kind of approach will do nothing to help Egyptians to achieve the future they deserve. We want Egypt to succeed, we want a peaceful, democratic, prosperous Egypt,” Obama said.
The US president’s statement followed Wednesday’s violence when more than 500 supporters of ousted President Mursi were killed by Egypt’s security forces.