U.S. Senators Tour Egypt´s Tahrir Square (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) by Chana Ya´ar 03/01/11)
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Two U.S. senators toured Egypt´s Tahrir Square Sunday, one month
after riots there forced President Hosni Mubarak´s resignation and
resulted in numerous violent attacks on American journalists and
other Western media representatives.
Speaking with the official Middle East News Agency (MENA), Senator
John McCain explained that he and Senator Joseph Lieberman had come
on a solidarity visit. He noted the Egyptian people had fought hard
for their freedom, and said the U.S. would do its best to assist them
in their quest. But the two, escorted by American Ambassador to Egypt
Margaret Scobey, added that ultimately, the future lies in the hands
of the Egyptian people.
"The sun is shining now in Cairo," Lieberman told reporters, but "the
light of freedom exists there because the Egyptian people held a
peaceful revolution." He added the U.S. will try to ensure more
freedom for Egyptians and a better economic future.
Although Egypt´s military formed an interim government following the
resignation of former President Mubarak, protesters are not satisfied
and have continued to demonstrate in Cairo´s Tahrir Square.
The protesters are specifically dissatisfied with the pace of change
in the ancient land, with some insisting on the ouster of the current
government as well, particularly Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, who was
appointed by the former president.
The U.S. and others are watching events in Cairo, trying to determine
whether or not the government will ultimately be controlled by the
formerly outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.
Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood cleric banned from
Egypt 50 years ago for his extremist views, returned to the podium in
Cairo earlier this month, addressing a crowd of more than a million
Lieberman: U.S. Backs Libya´s Interim Gov´t
Commenting on the violence in Libya as opposition forces close in on
dictator Muammar Qaddafi´s base in Tripoli, McCain said Qaddafi had
dealt with his people in a savage way. The dictator was holding on to
his position by killing the Libyan people, McCain said, adding it is
important to offer them support.
According to a report published in the online edition of the Al Ahram
newspaper, Lieberman said the U.S. has imposed a no-fly zone on Libya
in addition to its sanctions. America will support the transitional
government established by opposition forces in western Libya, he said.
Qaddafi´s actions since the revolution began constitute crimes
against humanity, Lieberman told reporters, and merit a trial before
the International Criminal Court at The Hague. (© IsraelNN
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