US "very concerned" by Egypt

US Department of State reviews security of assets in Cairo.

July 3, 2013 20:59
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Protesters against Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi wave national flags

Protesters against Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi wave 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)

WASHINGTON -- The Department of State is reviewing security details of its assets in Cairo, closing some of its facilities and warning against travel to Egypt, as a military coup continues to grip the country once again.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki expressed disappointment with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's speech last night, in which he refused to relinquish power in the face of an imminent military deadline for his departure, or forced removal.

The US is "very concerned" by the situation on the ground, said Psaki, describing events in Cairo as a "tense and fast-moving situation."

"The Egyptian people deserve a peaceful political solution to the crisis," said Psaki.

Psaki says she has seen no independent verification that a coup has already occurred and that Morsi has lost control, speaking two hours after the military's deadline had passed. Reports out of Cairo from Muslim Brotherhood representatives allege that Morsi has lost contact with his party.

"Actions speak louder than words," Psaki reiterated, calling on Morsi to compromise.

When pressed, Psaki refused to define the term 'military coup,' stating that the government looks at situations on a case by case basis.

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