Obama: Egypt neither enemy nor ally

By REUTERS
September 13, 2012 17:58

 
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WASHINGTON - The United States does not consider Egypt's Islamist-led government an ally or an enemy, US President Barack Obama said in a television interview, which aired in full on Thursday.

"I don't think that we would consider them an ally, but we don't consider them an enemy," Obama told Telemundo, a Spanish-language network, on Wednesday after mobs of demonstrators angry over a film they consider blasphemous to Islam assaulted the US embassy in Cairo.

He said the newly formed Egyptian government, which was democratically elected, is trying "to find its way."

If government officials take actions showing "they're not taking responsibility," then it would "be a real big problem," the president said in the interview.

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