Kerry To Egypt Foreign Minister: Listen To The Egyptian People

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is vowing that a review into NSA surveillance activities will ultimately result in the "right" balance between security and privacy and says outrage over alleged espionage and eavesdropping should not disrupt key trade talks between Europe and the United States. (credit: JACQUELYN MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is vowing that a review into NSA surveillance activities will ultimately result in the “right” balance between security and privacy and says outrage over alleged espionage and eavesdropping should not disrupt key trade talks between Europe and the United States. (credit: JACQUELYN MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is urging Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr to listen to the Egyptian people.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters Tuesday that Kerry wanted to reiterate to his counterpart that the United States is committed to Egypt’s democratic process.

“He stressed, as well, that democracy is about more than just elections. It’s also about ensuring the voices of all Egyptians are heard,” Psaki said. “And he also reiterated what our goal is, which is a peaceful, stable and prosperous Egypt. That’s what we’re all focused on.”

Psaki added that Kerry told Amr that the U.S. is not taking sides as thousands of Egyptians are protesting both in favor and against Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.

“Our commitment is to allowing the democratic process take place. It’s never been about one individual,” Psaki said. “It’s been about hearing and … allowing the voices of the Egyptian people to be heard.”

Kerry spoke to Amr despite numerous reports saying that Amr resigned as foreign minister. According to Foreign Policy, when Psaki was questioned on that fact, she told reporters she would “refer you to the Egyptian government” on his status.

Morsi said Tuesday that he will not step down after the country’s military reportedly laid out plans to overturn Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood-dominated government if he doesn’t resign.

Morsi posted on his official Twitter account that he “asserts his adherence to constitutional legitimacy and rejects any attempt to breach it and calls on the armed forces to withdraw their ultimatum and rejects any domestic or foreign dictates.”

Security and hospital officials say seven people have been killed in clashes between supporters and opponents of Egypt’s Islamist president in Cairo.

The officials say the seven were killed in three separate clashes, but had no further details.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

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