Cairo, August 7 (RHC)– Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour has slammed U.S. Senator John McCain for describing the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi as a coup. The leading U.S. senator and former Republican presidential candidate made the remarks at the end of a visit to the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on Tuesday.
McCain said: “The circumstances of [Morsi’s] removal was a coup. This was a transition of power not by the ballot box.” He also warned that the situation in Egypt was getting dangerous, calling on the interim government’s officials to release political prisoners if they want to resolve the political crisis sparked by Morsi’s ouster on July 3rd.
Egypt’s state television cited Mansour as describing the U.S. senator’s comments “an unacceptable interference in internal policies.” Egyptian Presidential aid Ahmed El-Muslimani also reportedly rejected McCain’s remarks, saying: “John McCain is distorting facts. His clumsy statements are unacceptable in form and substance.”
McCain’s remarks contradict the U.S. administration’s stance on Egypt’s recent political stalemate. The White House has reportedly said that the two senators do not represent the U.S. government and only represent themselves. The U.S. administration of Barack Obama has so far avoided using the word ‘coup’ for the ouster of Morsi. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said last week that the Egyptian army has restored democracy in the country by toppling Morsi.