Obama: Egypt Neither Enemy Nor Ally

(Reuters) Margaret Chadbourn - Asked about Egypt, President Barack Obama told Telemundo, a Spanish-language TV network, on Wednesday: "I don't think that we would consider them an ally, but we don't consider them an enemy." His comments reflected deepened U.S. wariness over Egypt's new Islamist president Mohamed Morsi - who took office in June - in the aftermath of the Cairo embassy assault. The U.S. was a close ally of Egypt under ousted President Hosni Mubarak and gives $1.3 billion in military aid a year to Egypt plus other assistance. On Thursday the White House said Obama had spoken with the presidents of Egypt and Libya to discuss the violence against U.S. diplomatic compounds.

2012-09-14 00:00:00

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