World Bulletin/News Desk
Deputy spokesman of the White House Josh Earnest stated that the Obama administration was concerned by any rhetoric that inflames tensions and could possibly lead to more violence, regarding army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi's rally call to his supporters.
Answering the questions in Obama's Air Force One airplane flying to Florida, Earnest said this was a critical time for Egyptians to come together if they wanted to, particularly if they wanted to move beyond cycles of unrest and instability.
Obama's administration urged the security forces to exercise maximum restraint and caution, and to do their utmost to prevent any clashes between opposing demonstrators, Earnest said and added they reiterated their call for protestors to demonstrate peacefully.
"I'll just say that, as it relates to General al-Sisi's speech, that the Obama administration is concerned by any rhetoric that inflames tensions and could possibly lead to more violence," Earnest said.
Earnest also stated they had determined that it was not currently appropriate for the delivery of F-16s to proceed in response to a question on why they decided not to send F-16s.
He added, "They continued to review the obligations under the law, as it relates to all of this, and we're hopeful that officials in Egypt will continue to take the steps necessary to expeditiously move toward a democratically elected government in that country."Last Mod: 26 Temmuz 2013, 10:32