December 12, 2013
Argentina and the International community reacts to Egypt’s coup
World leaders presented mixed reactions to the news of President Morsi’s removal by the Egyptian Armed Forces after one year in office.
Argentina’s Foreign Ministry declared that “the Argentinean government follows with concern the recent events in Egypt that led to the interruption of the democratic process, the destitution of its legitimate authorities, and a complex political and social situation”, stated the official document.
Saudi King Abdullah, was one of the first leaders who expressed his support to the head of the Egyptian Constitutional Court, Adli Mansour, after being appointed interim head of state.
“In the name of the people of Saudi Arabia and on my behalf, we congratulate your leadership of Egypt in this critical period of its history. We pray for God to help you bear the responsibility laid upon you to achieve the ambitions of our brotherly people of Egypt”, the message said.
The United Arab Emirates also welcomed the change in Egypt, according to state news agency WAM, and praised the Egyptian armed forces.
"His Highness Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan, the Foreign Minister of the UAE, expressed his full confidence that the great people of Egypt are able to cross these difficult moments that Egypt is going through," WAM said in a statement.
"Sheikh Abdullah said that the great Egyptian army was able to prove again that they are the fence of Egypt and that they are the protector and strong shield that guarantee Egypt will remain a state of institutions and law," it added.
However, European leaders were more cautious. Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the European Union, urged through her spokesman Michael Mann that “all parts in Egypt must return quickly to a democratic process”.
The statement was released after Ashton’s meeting with Egyptian opposition representative Mohamed el Baradei.
While Great Britain’s foreign minister, William Hague, declared that the UK “won’t support a military intervention as a way to resolve differences in a democratic system”.
From his part, the United States declined to criticize Egypt's military, even as it was ousting Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi from power.
Minutes before Egypt's army commander announced that Morsi, the country's first democratically elected president, had been deposed and the constitution suspended, the US State Department criticized Morsi, but gave no public signal it was opposed to the army's action.
Asked whether the Egyptian army had the legitimacy to remove Morsi from power, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, "We're not taking sides in this."
Finally, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed for calm and restraint in Egypt, as well as the preservation of rights such as freedom of expression and assembly, after the country's army overthrew Morsi.
"Many Egyptians in their protests have voiced deep frustrations and legitimate concerns," he said in a statement that did not condemn the Egyptian armed forces' ouster of Morsi.
"At the same time, military interference in the affairs of any state is of concern," he said. "Therefore, it will be crucial to quickly reinforce civilian rule in accordance with principles of democracy."