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US calls for engagement after Egyptian constitution vote

Arab World Materials 26 December 2012 03:52 (UTC +04:00)
The United States called Tuesday for Egyptians to engage across political lines after the country's new constitution was approved in a two-round referendum, dpa reported.
US calls for engagement after Egyptian constitution vote

The United States called Tuesday for Egyptians to engage across political lines after the country's new constitution was approved in a two-round referendum, dpa reported.

State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell pointed to concerns among some Egyptians about the constitution and called on President Mohammed Morsi to work to bridge divisions. Washington would remain committed to helping Egypt with its democratic transitions, he said.

"We have called for genuine consultation and compromise across Egypt's political divides. We hope those Egyptians disappointed by the result will seek more and deeper engagement," he said.

"We look to those who welcome the result to engage in good faith. And we hope all sides will re-commit themselves to condemn and prevent violence."

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