US calls on Egypt military, government to work together

Updated 14 August 2012

US calls on Egypt military, government to work together

ABoard Air Force One: The United States on Monday urged Egypt’s military and government to work together, a day after President Muhammad Mursi forced out the country’s longtime defense minister.
“It is important for the Egyptian military and civilian leadership to work closely together to address the economic and security challenges facing Egypt,” White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters.
“We hope that President Mursi’s announcement will serve the interests of the Egyptian people.”
The US reaction came a day after Mursi forced Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi to retire and scrapped a recent constitutional document that gave the military legislative and other powers.
Tantawi was replaced by Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi, whom Carney said was known to the United States from his previous position and whose appointment it welcomed.
“We had expected President Mursi to coordinate with the military to name a new defense team and we will continue to work with Egypt’s civilian and military leaders to advance our many shared interests,” he said.
The surprise move was seen as a test of strength between the new civilian government, which is backed by the Muslim Brotherhood, and the military, which held unrivaled influence under former president Hosni Mubarak.
It came in the wake of a deadly attack on the Egyptian military in the Sinai that prompted an unprecedented military campaign in the lawless peninsula.
Carney reiterated that the United States was prepared to help Mursi and the military as they work to prevent future attacks.
“We commend General Tantawi for his service, especially during the extremely difficult transition from President Mubarak’s leadership through the elections,” he said.


Egypt churches reopen as new infections wane

Updated 03 August 2020

Egypt churches reopen as new infections wane

  • The Coptic Orthodox Church said it would receive the faithful in its churches with restrictions
  • Egypt on Sunday reported its lowest daily confirmed coronavirus cases in more than two months

CAIRO: Egypt’s churches are reopening their doors to the faithful on Monday for the first time in more than four months due to a coronavirus lockdown.
The Coptic Orthodox Church said in a statement that it would receive the faithful in its churches with restrictions that include social distancing and wearing masks.
Other churches are also reopening across the Arab World’s most populous county, which has seen a steady decline in coronavirus infections in the past two weeks.
Christians constitute around 10% of Egypt’s predominantly Muslim 100 million people.
Egypt on Sunday reported its lowest daily confirmed cases of coronavirus in more than two months, with 167 infections and 31 deaths.
Overall, Egypt has reported around 94,450 confirmed cases including 4,865 fatalities.