President Obama condemned bloody crackdown within Egypt this Thursday, announcing joint exercises of military the following month now were canceled and the normal cooperation of US could not be carried on with country while the civilians were getting killed.
Obama said that US strongly condemned steps taken by the interim government of Egypt and security forces. He said that they deplored the violence against the violence and supported the essential rights for human dignity which include right to protesting peacefully.
Around 525 people are killed and many thousands are wounded.
Obama says US had informed the authorities of Egypt that it canceled joint drill of military named as “Bright Star” which was scheduled for the next month.
This drill, which dates back to the year 1981, is thought of as the cornerstone of Egyptian-US military relations. It began after Camp David Peace Accords which was between Israel and Egypt.
Obama also said,
“While we want to sustain our relationship with Egypt, our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual when civilians are being killed in the streets and rights are being rolled back. The Egyptian people deserve better than what we’ve seen over the last several days. And to the Egyptian people, let me say: The cycle of violence and escalation needs to stop.”
Joint exercise of the military, held in every 2 years, got canceled during 2011 due to Egypt’s political turmoil following ouster of the longtime autocrat as well as ally of US, Hosni Mubarak.
This Thursday, 100s of the supporters of Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt stormed one government building situated in Cairo and also set this ablaze as the fury over one security crackdown over Islamist movement which killed 100s of people who spilled onto streets.
According to Obama, state of the emergency needs to be lifted within Egypt and process of the national reconciliation needs to be started. He noted US didn’t take any sides with a political party that was in conflict.