U.S. President Barack Obama has sent two senior Republican senators, John McCain and Lindsey Graham, to deliver a strong message to the Egyptian military in Cairo. The mission reflects the growing anxiety in the United States over the situation in the country and desire to return the country swiftly to democratic rule.
Senator John McCain, said: “We also urge the release of political prisoners. We also urge strongly a national dialogue, national dialogue that is inclusive of parties, including the Muslim Brotherhood. And at the same time, we expect the Muslim Brotherhood to refrain from violence.”
The United States delegation met with members of Egypt’s interim government and also with overthrown president, Mohamed Mursi’s Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Euronews’ Mohammed Shaikhibrahim attended the press conference held by the U.S. senators and explained that there have been “extensive international diplomatic efforts to find a solution that satisfies both sides in the conflict”. He added, “It is becoming a threat to peace in the community.”
Thousands of Mursi supporters remain camped out in two protest sites in Cairo, which the government has pledged to break up.
U.S. Senator John McCain has said it would be “wrong” to cut military assistance to Egypt because of Mursi’s removal from office. However, U.S. law states that aid must be suspended in a coup.