US sharpens criticism of Egyptian arrests

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is sharpening its criticism of the Egyptian military and interim government’s arrests of supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. It says the continuing detentions are inconsistent with pledges of inclusivity made by authorities and may affect future U.S. assistance.

While the administration has determined it’s not in U.S. national security interests to make any immediate changes to its aid program, officials said Thursday that the ongoing arrests of members of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood and political party are troubling.

The White House and State Department said targeting any particular group in the aftermath of Morsi’s overthrow is self-defeating and counter to the idea of representative democracy. The criticism is some of the administration’s most severe of Egypt’s new leadership since Morsi was toppled last week. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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