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Senator Durbin: U.S. Closely Monitoring Egypt

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 12:39:08 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

Senator Durbin: U.S. Closely Monitoring Egypt U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says American foreign policy leaders are in good communication with the Egyptian military as it remains unclear whether that country's President Mohammed Morsi will survive in power.

"We have been engaged for a long time. We have seen this coming. We were forewarned last week before we left Washington that this first anniversary and the tenuous hold Morsi has on leadership in Egypt was likely to result in some military transition. Now, he may save his government before it's all over, but we have been preparing for that contingency for quite a while."

The deadline on the military's ultimatum to President Mohammed Morsi has expired. Giant cheering crowds of Morsi's opponents have been gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square and other locations nationwide, in expection the military will act to remove the Islamist president. The military has not said it would act immediately. But it has said it will impose its own political plan if Morsi failed to satisfy protester demands.

Secretary of State John Kerry has also been getting criticism for spending time in Israel as the Eqypt situation heated up. Critics say any Israeli Palestinian situation will require support from Egypt, which cannot come anytime soon, so Kerry would be better served working on the Egyptian crisis. Speaking to reporters in Normal, though, Durbin said many issues in the Middle East are intertwined and you cannot choose a specific timeline for each. He says they all need work.

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