US President Barack Obama called newly-elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy on Sunday to congratulate him on his victory over Ahmed Shafik in the country's first-ever free election.

According to a White House statement, Obama underscored that the US will continue to support Egypt’s transition to democracy and stand by the Egyptian people as they fulfill the promise of their revolution.  He emphasized his interest in working together with Morsy, on the basis of mutual respect, to advance the many shared interests between Egypt and the United States.

Morsy welcomed Obama's support and the two leaders affirmed their commitment to advancing the US-Egypt partnership and agreed to stay in close touch in the weeks and months ahead, according to the statement.

Obama also called Morsy's opponent in the presidential election, Shafik, commending him on a well-run campaign, according to the US State Department.

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