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Obama discusses Egypt issues with US security advisors

Washington: US President Barack Obama today held a situation room meeting with his top national security advisors on the developments in Egypt, officials said. Members of the President's national security team have been in touch with Egyptian officials and regional partners to convey the importance of a quick and responsible return of full authority to a democratically elected civilian government as soon as possible.

Obama Administration officials have insisted on a transparent political process that is inclusive of all parties and groups. They insisted on avoiding any arbitrary arrests of deposed President Mohammed Morsi and his supporters and stressed on the responsibility of all groups and parties in Egypt to avoid violence.

Barack Obama. Agencies.

Barack Obama. Agencies.

Top US officials have constantly been in touch with leaders in the region on the the Egypt issue. Between Wednesday and yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry has had telephonic conversations with the Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kame Amr, Egyptian Constitution Party President Mohamed ElBaradei, Norwegian Foreign Minister Kai Eade, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Qatari Foreign Minister Mohamed al-Attiyah, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, and the Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has spoken with the Egyptian Minister of Defense Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon. The National Security Advisor Susan Rice has also spoken with her Israeli counterpart Ya'akov Amidror. Meanwhile, Carnegie scholar Nathan J Brown today said that the popular coup does not mean that the Muslim Brotherhood is out of the game.

"Brotherhood leaders can still have an effect on events by deciding whether and in what ways they will resist the coup," he said. "The military is in the driver's seat. It has produced a road map for the coming transition that appears to be more of a loophole than an actual text. But behind it seems to be a desire among most civilian actors that the military will manage the process in a way that restores civilian rule," Brown said.

Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi, said what happens next in Egypt is critical to meeting the aspirations of the Egyptian people. "We call on the military to expeditiously transfer power to a democratically-elected, civilian government. We urge the military and people of all political persuasions to ensure the transition is non-violent and inclusive, that human rights are protected, and that the rule of law is maintained," Pelosi
said.

PTI