Obama congratulates Egypt’s president elect Mursi

WASHINGTON, June 25: US President Barack Obama congratulated Mohammed Mursi for winning Egypt’s presidential elections and reaffirmed America’s continued support to the country’s transition to democracy, the White House said.

Obama called Mursi and congratulated him on his victory in the election, underscoring that the US will continue to support Egypt’s transition to democracy and stand by the Egyptian people as they fulfill the promise of their revolution.

“He emphasized his interest in working together with President-elect Mursi, on the basis of mutual respect, to advance the many shared interests between Egypt and the US,” the White House said in a statement.

According to the White House, the Egyptian President-elect Mursi expressed appreciation for the call and welcomed US support for Egypt’s transition.

“The two leaders affirmed their commitment to advancing the US-Egypt partnership and agreed to stay in close touch in the weeks and months ahead,” the statement said.

Obama also called General Ahmed Shafiq to commend him on a well-run campaign and encouraged him to continue to play a role in Egyptian politics by supporting the democratic process and working to unify the Egyptian people, White House said.

“The President emphasized his interest in working together with the new Egyptian President and all Egyptian political groups to advance the shared interests between the United States and Egypt,” said the statement. (PTI)