Secretary of State on Egyptian Elections: “We hope that full democracy is understood to be more….”

Posted on June 27, 2012

“"We expect the transition to continue as has been promised by the (military) and we expect president-elect Morsi, as he forms a government, to demonstrate a commitment to inclusivity that is manifest by representatives of the women of Egypt, of the Coptic Christian community, of the secular non-religious community and, of course, young people……We hope that full democracy is understood to be more than one election," "One election does not a democracy make. That's just the beginning of the hard work and the hard work requires pluralism, respecting the rights of minorities, independent judiciary, independent media…We know a lot of work...

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Press Secretary: The United States congratulates Dr. Mohamed Morsi on his victory in Egypt’s…”

Posted on June 24, 2012

"The United States congratulates Dr. Mohamed Morsi on his victory in Egypt’s Presidential election, and we congratulate the Egyptian people for this milestone in their transition to democracy.......The United States intends to work with all parties within Egypt to sustain our long-standing partnership as it consolidates its democracy.  We commend the Presidential Election Commission and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) for their role in supporting a free and fair election, and look forward to the completion of a transition to a democratically-elected government.  We believe it is essential for the Egyptian government to continue to fulfill Egypt’s...

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Panetta: “We are prepared for any contingency in that part of the world.”

Posted on May 27, 2012

"The fundamental premise is that neither the United States or the international community is going to allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon. We will do everything we can to prevent them from developing a weapon.International community's been unified. We've put very tough sanctions on them as a result of that, and we are – you know, we are prepared for any contingency in that part of the world. But our hope is that these matters can be resolved diplomatically."- Leon Panetta, Defense Secretary

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Panetta: “Frankly, the only way to get this accomplished…is to be able to set…timelines.”

Posted on May 27, 2012

"You know, I think without getting into the campaign rhetoric of what [Romney's] asserting, I think you've got 50 nations in NATO that agree to a plan in Afghanistan. It's the Lisbon agreement, an agreement that, you know, others, President Bush, President Obama, everyone has agreed is the direction that we go in in Afghanistan.What is that direction? It's to take us to a point where we draw down by the end of 2014. That is the plan that has been agreed to. And it's a plan that is working.And very frankly, the only way to get this accomplished in...

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Panetta: “We’re not going anyplace.”

Posted on May 27, 2012

"Well the most important point is that we're not going anyplace. We're gonna, we have an enduring presence that will be in Afghanistan. We'll continue to work with them on counterterrorism. We'll continue to provide training, assistance, guidance. We'll continue to provide support.We are making good progress. I mean, the Taliban, my view is that they have been weakened. We have not seen them able to conduct any kind of organized attack to regain any territory that they've lost. We've seen levels of violence going down. We've seen an Afghan army that is much more capable at providing security. We've...

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Biden: “There is almost nothing we cannot accomplish when NATO and our partners act decisively.”

Posted on May 26, 2012

"We are revitalizing America’s alliances, and particularly NATO, the greatest military alliance the world has ever known because -- because, as the President has rightly said, Europe is the cornerstone of our engagement with the world.We learned during the Libya campaign, which saved thousands of innocents and helped topple a murderous dictator, that there is almost nothing we cannot accomplish when NATO and our partners act decisively, and when we actually share the burden of the responsibility." - Joseph Biden, Vice President

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