|By PR Newswire||
|December 9, 2012 11:05 AM EST||
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Egyptian Strategic Alliance (AESA) calls on political forces in Egypt to reach peaceful resolution to current crisis. We have deep concerns regarding Egyptian President Morsi's constitutional declaration of November 22, 2012 in which he granted himself unprecedented and far-reaching powers, the situation in Egypt has dramatically worsened to loss of life and infighting between the opposition and members of the Muslim Brotherhood. This continued instability doesn't serve the interest of the Egyptian people or the strategic relationship between the U.S. and Egypt. We call for genuine dialog among the different parties in Egypt that they come to an agreed-upon constitution for post Jan 25 Egypt and in order to achieve political stability and create an environment for economic reform and growth.
We also call upon President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to exert all efforts with the Egyptian President to rescind his decree and drive for dialog among political forces in Egypt for peaceful rollout of a constitution that meets the expectations of the Egyptian people and achieve the aspirations of their revolution. Swift action by President Morsi is needed to stem the current confrontations and violence and loss of life.
Egypt's security is critical to U.S. national security and strategic interest in the Middle East. This is even more critical now given the turmoil in Syria and other countries in the Middle East. We need a stable and strong Egypt to support and support further stability in the Middle East and U.S. vital interests in the region. The U.S. should support the rule of law, democratic process and inclusion politics in order to help Egypt create a sustainable democracy and a strong civil society where rights of all are protected.
On January 25, 2011, the Egyptian people took to the streets to demand an end to a dictatorial administration and called for establishment of a government that respects the rights and freedoms of the people. As Egypt continues along the path toward a stable democracy, it is imperative that Egypt adopt a constitution consistent with the aspirations of all Egyptians, one which ensures transparency, the rule of law, and respect for fundamental freedoms.
We urge all sides to refrain from further inflammatory rhetoric and accusations, and call on all parties to come together to resolve their differences through peaceful dialogue. Only through dialogue and consensus-building will Egyptians be able to secure a stable, prosperous and democratic future.
As a 501(c)(4) organization, AESA strives to assist American decision makers in defining and shaping U.S. policies towards Egypt, and encourages Egypt to further the creation and protection of a civil society based on the universal values of human dignity, democratic process, freedom of speech and individual rights.
Randa Fahmy Hudome, General Counsel
American Egyptian Strategic Alliance (AESA)
1100 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 1250
Washington, D.C. 20036
SOURCE American Egyptian Strategic Alliance
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