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Egyptian Presidency Rebukes Obama

August 16, 2013
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President Obama (file photo)

Egypt's presidency early Friday harshly answered US President Barack Obama's criticism, saying that it valued his concern but feared that his comments would "strenghten violent armed groups."

"Egypt is facing terrorist acts targetting government buildings and vital installations ... The presidency, while regretting the loss of Egyptian lives, is working strongly to bring about social peace and security," said the statement released by interim President Adly Mansour's office.

The presidency said it also feared that Obama's remarks would "encourage" armed groups "in their opposition to stability and democratic transformation."

"Egypt values the sincere positions of world states, but fully affirms its complete sovereignty and self-determination," the presidency added.

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Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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