|AJC Statement on Egypt|
July 3, 2013 – New York – After the Egyptian military confirmed today that
President Morsi was ousted from office, AJC Executive Director David Harris
issued the following statement:
“The dramatic events unfolding in Egypt offer an opportunity to reset a
political course that had gone badly astray for many Egyptians. We
believe the Egyptian people can achieve, as they so richly deserve, a
politically stable and economically viable country. Indeed, we hope that Egypt
will one day become a beacon of freedom and prosperity.
“The period since the overthrow of President Mubarak has been fraught with
difficult challenges, as Egyptians have struggled to develop a new style of
“As Egypt continues its dramatic political evolution, we earnestly hope the
country will remain peaceful. We look forward to a continued strong
relationship between Egypt and the United States, and an ongoing commitment by
Egypt to the peace treaty with Israel and security along their shared border. That
treaty is in the highest interests of both nations and serves as an anchor of
stability in the region.
“The Egyptian people deserve a president and government committed to respecting
human rights, women’s rights, and minority rights, and that offers the prospect
of growing opportunity for the country's youth.
"AJC has visited Egypt annually, if not more often, for more than three
decades, and maintains widespread contact with civil society and political
figures. We look forward to our continuing engagement with the Arab world's
most populous country.”