Muslim Brotherhood hold poster of Morsi July 4 2013 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Louafi Larbi)
WASHINGTON - Egypt's ambassador to Washington said Sunday
there had not been a military coup in his country but the army needed to step in
to keep violence on the street from spiraling out of control.
Mohamed Tawfik told ABC's "This Week" that Egypt's powerful military moved to
oust President Mohamed Morsi last week after his response to massive street
protests was to incite violence among his supporters.
Tawfik said he did
not believe Egypt was in danger of losing $1.5 billion it receives annually in
American aid, which by law should be cut off if a country's military ousts a
democratically elected leader.
"Egypt has not undergone a military coup.
And it is certainly not run by the military," Tawfik said.
He said there
was an interim president in place and the main focus of his discussions with
US officials was about the future: restoring peace and a democratic
"The message has to get across to the leaders of Muslim
Brotherhood: We do not need more violence in Egypt," he said.
not acted as president for all Egyptians, said Tawfik who was himself appointed
by Morsi in September.
With more than 15 million people in the streets,
Morsi could have begun a dialogue with the protesters but instead incited his
supporters to violence, Tawfik said. He said the military moved in after more
than 20 people had been killed.
"If you start inciting your followers to
violence, if you start whipping up religious fervor, if you start talking about
jihad, about martyrdom, then many, many people are going to lose their lives,"
he said. "And that is against the law." Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood movement
called for further protests on Sunday after dozens of people were killed and
more than 1,000 wounded on Friday in clashes between his supporters, opponents
and the military.
"My advice to the Muslim Brotherhood is they need to
acknowledge the mistakes that they made and they need to join the process," the
ambassador said. "There is no room for violence."
Echoing the Egyptian ambassador, liberal politician Mohamed ElBaradei on Sunday said the members of the Muslim Brotherhood camp of ousted president Mohamed Morsi should be included in the democratic process.
Speaking to German news weekly Der Spiegel, ElBaradei said he is calling for "inclusion of the Brotherhood in the democratisation process," AFP reported.
"No one should be taken to court without a convincing reason. Former president Morsi must be treated with dignity," he added, according to AFP.
ElBaradei said he expected new elections would be called within one year, adding that he would accept another Muslim Brotherhood victory if it respected democratic principles.