Obama phones Morsi to express concern about protests
US President Barack Obama telephoned Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi Thursday to express his deep concern about the deaths and injuries of protesters in Egypt, the White House said.
Obama emphasized that all political leaders in Egypt should make clear to their supporters that violence is unacceptable. He welcomed President Morsi's call for a dialogue with the opposition, but stressed that such a dialogue should occur without preconditions, dpa reported.
The president noted that the US has urged opposition leaders to join in this dialogue without preconditions and he reiterated continued US support for the Egyptian people and their transition to a democracy that respects the rights of all Egyptians.
He underscored that it is essential for Egyptian leaders across the political spectrum to put aside their differences and agree on a path that will move Egypt forward.