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Cairo - Egypt Foreign Minister To Kerry: No 'Military Coup'

Published on: July 4, 2013 06:24 PM
By: Reuters
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An Egyptian man walks in front of army armored vehicles and soldiers stationed near the presidential palace, one day after the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi, in Cairo, Egypt, 04 July 2013. EPA/AHMED KHALEDAn Egyptian man walks in front of army armored vehicles and soldiers stationed near the presidential palace, one day after the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi, in Cairo, Egypt, 04 July 2013. EPA/AHMED KHALED

Cairo - Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr said he assured US Secretary of State John Kerry in a telephone call on Thursday that the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi had not been a military coup.

The definition of what happened in Egypt on Wednesday is important because the military overthrow of an elected leader would generally trigger economic sanctions and could entail cutting of vital US aid to Egypt.

“The American side is a strategic partner for Egypt and the welfare of Egypt is important to them,” said Amr, a career diplomat who tendered his resignation to Morsi on Tuesday but who remains in charge of Egypt’s foreign ministry - at least until a new interim technocratic government is named.

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“I hope that they read the situation in the right way, that this is not a military coup in any way. This was actually the overwhelming will of the people.”


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 Jul 04, 2013 at 07:33 PM AlbertEinstein Says:

It's all about money...

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 Jul 04, 2013 at 08:18 PM victorg Says:

We overthrew the elected president in a military takeover but it wasn't a coup.

Just because it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck doesn't make it a duck!

Don't worry Mr. Kerry we would never lie to you.

Send money.

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 Jul 04, 2013 at 08:43 PM hashomer Says:

It's not a coup? This guy must have read George Orwell.

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 Jul 05, 2013 at 12:32 PM liberty Says:

Reply to #2  
victorg Says:

We overthrew the elected president in a military takeover but it wasn't a coup.

Just because it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck doesn't make it a duck!

Don't worry Mr. Kerry we would never lie to you.

Send money.

It's like when the NSA says it doesn't spy on the USA citizens or the IRS doesn't target certain groups. They are all the same.

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