Kerry: U.S., others working to bring Egyptian parties together

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The United States and other nations are working hard to bring Egypt’s polarized parties together to find a peaceful resolution to the current crisis, Reuters reported U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry as saying on Friday.

“Egypt needs to get back to a new normal, it needs to restore stability, to be able to attract business and put people to work,” Kerry said before a meeting with United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed in London.

“We will work very very hard together with others, in order to bring parties together to find a peaceful resolution that grows the democracy and respects the rights of everybody.”

The interim Egyptian government should respect peaceful demonstrators and the protesters have a responsibility not to prevent the nation from moving forward, the Associated Press reported Kerry as saying.

Concerned about more bloodshed in Egypt, the United States, European and Arab states are trying to bring the sides together, relying on the United Arab Emirates to work with the interim government and Qatar to liaise with the Muslim Brotherhood.

U.S. Under Secretary of State William Burns is expected to arrive in Cairo on Friday night for more talks.

Meanwhile, Kerry tried to clarify remarks he made on Egypt’s crisis during his visit to Pakistan on Thursday.

Kerry told Geo TV in Pakistan on Friday that the Egyptian military did not take over and topple Mursi, but instead was “restoring democracy” in Egypt.

His earlier comment said that the Egyptian army, which deposed Mursi, had intervened at the request of millions to protect democracy and had restored democracy. The comment was seen by some as a signal that Washington was siding with the military.

The U.S. State Department has repeatedly said the U.S. is not taking sides.

(With Reuters and Associated Press)