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Interim leader: Egypt to conduct strategic review of foreign relations

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Egypt’s interim leader Adly Mansour said on Tuesday that his country is conducting a strategic review of its foreign relations after failing to win European and American support for the military-backed overthrow of Islamist President Mohammad Mursi.

In his first television interview since he was appointed by General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as interim president on July 3, Mansour said the European stance on the events in Egypt has shown improvement, but that the U.S. position needs clarification, the state-run Al Ahram newspaper reported.

Regarding Qatar, a major supporter of former President Mohammad Mursi and a critical of the military’s decision to overthrow him, Mansour said: "Our patience is on the Qatari position is about to finish.”

Speaking on Egyptian state television in a pre-recorded interview late Tuesday, the interim president also said he is looking forward to better relations with Turkey if the latter ceases interference in Egypt's domestic affairs.

He said Egypt is committed to the peace treaty with Israel and that its stance on the Palestinian cause will remain unchanged.
Mansour defended the military's ouster of President Mursi, saying he failed to deliver on campaign promises and was forced out by the will of people who elected him and not by a coup.

He said a return to democratic rule, restoring security and improving the country's ailing economy are his government's top priorities.

Mansour also said that the fate of the ousted president's Muslim Brotherhood group was in the hands of the judiciary, according to Reuters.

He also defended reinstating emergency rule, which gives authorities sweeping powers to arrest, and said the country is defending itself against acts of terrorism by extremists.

(With Reuters)