AESA Calls on U.S. to Stand by the Aspirations of the People of Egypt

Jun 26, 2013, 06:00 ET from American Egyptian Strategic Alliance

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- President Mohamed Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader, assumed office on June 30, 2012 and even though he started by promising to deliver on a number of Jan 25th revolution aspirations, his accomplishments are close to none and the Egyptian people are highly disappointed. The upcoming June 30 demonstrations in Egypt tell us even more poignantly that he and his regime have failed to win the hearts and minds of the Egyptian people. These demonstrations also tell us that the U.S.-Egypt policy is also not working as it should.

AESA expresses its deep concern for the current situation in Egypt, a strategic U.S. ally in the Middle East and for the future of the relationship because the U.S. government has failed so far to send a crystal clear message to Egypt's current leaders. The failures of the current leadership in Egypt and before it the Mubarak regime, should teach us that using U.S. aid as the carrot or stick approach hasn't really worked for us or for Egypt.

Egypt is one of America's most important allies in the Middle East. The foundation of the US-Egypt relationship must be rooted in America's fundamental strategic interests of shared democratic values and commitment to opportunity and prosperity for all. AESA calls upon the U.S. Administration and Congress to support the democratic aspirations of the more than 85 million Egyptians, with whom Americans share a common desire for religious freedom, education, jobs, economic prosperity, and security.

The American Egyptian Strategic Alliance calls on the U.S. government to communicate a clear position to current and future leaders in Egypt that the only path to stability is to build an inclusive democratic civil society with all its requisite protections. Anything less leaves Egypt to the ravages of discord and puts Egypt, the U.S. and its allies in the region at imminent and persistent risk.

As a 501(c)(4) organization, AESA strives to assist decision makers in defining and shaping U.S. policies towards Egypt, and in furthering the creation and protection of a civil society which is based on the universal values of human dignity, democratic process, freedom of speech and individual rights.

Kais Menoufy
American Egyptian Strategic Alliance (AESA)
1100 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 1250
Washington, D.C. 20036
Phone 202-429-5566
Fax 202-429-5577

SOURCE American Egyptian Strategic Alliance