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Islamist’s win in Egypt leaves U.S. uncertain
Obama congratulates Morsi, confers with rival
Noting that there will plenty of pressure on the Egypt-Israel relationship, Mr. Cook doesn’t expect Mr. Morsi to break the peace treaty outright, saying “he can do a lot to empty whatever there is of the relationship of any content and meaning.”
Sen. John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said there are serious questions about the future direction of Egypt’s foreign policy. But he warned that it would be a mistake for the U.S. to pull back from its engagement with a free and democratic Egypt.
“This is a time to test intentions, not to prejudge them,” said the Massachusetts Democrat.
On recent visits to Cairo, Mr. Kerry said he had two “candid discussions” with Mr. Morsi in which the new president-elect had said he “understood the importance of Egypt’s post-revolutionary relationships with America and Israel.”
“It’s time now for unity and hard work to face challenges ahead,” the Brotherhood said.
Mr. Morsi kept a pre-election promise by resigning Sunday from his posts in the Muslim Brotherhood, including that of chairman of its Freedom and Justice Party. He also has pledged that his leadership will be inclusive.
Mr. Morsi “will have to have to act as a catalyst for Egyptians so they can move ahead with drafting a ‘civic’ constitution,” said Khairi Abaza, a senior fellow at the Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a former member of the Egyptian Wafd Party.
“Failing to do so can only lead to more chaos and instability,” Mr. Abaza added.
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About the Author
Ashish Kumar Sen is a reporter covering foreign policy and international developments for The Washington Times.
Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.
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