Obama: We deplore violence against civilians

President Obama said the US wants to be a partner with Egypt, and enjoy a long standing relationship, but that it strongly condemns the actions of the interim government.

We appreciate the complexity of the situation. Whilst Mohamed Morsi was democratically elected in a democratic election, his government was not inclusive, and did not respect the views of all Egyptians. We know that many Egyptian's, millions, perhaps even the majority of Egyptians were calling for a change of course.

After the military intervention several weeks ago, there remained a chance to pursue a democratic path. Instead we have seen a more dangerous path taken.

The United States strongly condemns the steps that have been taken by Egypt's interim government and security forces. We deplore violence against civilians. We support universal rights essential to human dignity, including the right to peaceful protest. We oppose the pursuit of marshal law.

– President Barack Obama