Official reaction Thursday from governments around the world to clashes between Egyptian security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, in which hundreds of people were killed and thousands injured:
President Obama canceled joint U.S.-Egypt military exercises, saying America’s traditional cooperation with Egypt “cannot continue as usual” while violence and instability deepen in the strategically important nation. Obama said his administration would look at possible further steps, but he gave no indication the U.S. planned to cut off its $1.3 billion in annual military aid to Egypt.
Senior E.U. diplomats will meet Monday in Brussels, Belgium, to discuss the situation in Egypt and possible E.U. action, said Eamonn Prendergast, a spokesman for the bloc’s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton. He said the diplomats will decide whether to convene an emergency meeting of the bloc’s foreign ministers on Egypt. The E.U. is a major source of aid, loans and business for Egypt.
Iran’s new President Hassan Rowhani called n the Egyptian army to stop “suppressing” the Egyptian people.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry has urged its citizens to refrain from traveling to Egypt. The Russian Tourism Board had estimated that up to 60,000 Russian travelers were now in Egypt.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the West of ignoring violence in Egypt and called on the U.N. Security Council to meet urgently to discuss the situation. Erdogan also said Egypt’s leaders should stand trial “in a fair and transparent way” for what he termed a “massacre.”
French President Francois Hollande summoned Egypt’s ambassador and “condemned in the strongest way possible the bloody violence in Egypt and demanded the immediate end to the repression.”
Germany’s Foreign Office summoned the Egyptian ambassador. Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, speaking from Tunis, said the ambassador was told “that the bloodshed must come to an end now.”
Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino summoned Egypt’s ambassador to denounce the violence, saying the police response was “brutal, disproportionate and unjustified.”