By Charlie Miller
Interim president Adly Mansour received a message from US president Barack Obama, in which he conveyed Washington’s commitment to help the Egyptian people “achieve the goals of democracy,” reported state-run MENA.
Obama reportedly offered his congratulations on behalf of the American people on the 61st anniversary of the 23 July revolution, and added that the United States will remain a “strong partner” in the Egyptians’ quest to determine the country’s future path.
The US president, quoted by MENA, stated that he hopes that this transition “represents an opportunity to establish a civilian political system, characterised by democracy, transparency, tolerance, without exclusion, which respects the rights of all Egyptians.”
He reportedly expressed his desire for Egypt’s leaders to use this opportunity to revive the country’s economy and meet the needs of the Egyptian people, stressing the importance of avoiding violence and incitement so as to build a “stronger, more prosperous and democratic Egypt.”
This letter comes just a day after the United States decided not to call the Morsi’s overthrow a coup, a move which would allow the $1.5bn of US military aid to Egypt to continue unaffected.