US calls for Morsi’s release
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US calls for Morsi’s release

Washington joins Germany in insisting ousted Islamist president go free, but doesn't explain change of heart

A poster of ousted president Mohammed Morsi hangs on the barbed wire at the Republican Guard building in Nasser City, Cairo, on Tuesday (photo credit: AP/Khalil Hamra)
A poster of ousted president Mohammed Morsi hangs on the barbed wire at the Republican Guard building in Nasser City, Cairo, on Tuesday (photo credit: AP/Khalil Hamra)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The US joined Germany on Friday in calling for the release of ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the United States agrees with the German Foreign Ministry, which on Friday called for a — quote — “end to all restrictive measures considering Morsi.”

Morsi was ousted on July 3 by the military following a wave of protests calling on him to step down. The Islamist leader has been kept at an undisclosed Defense Ministry facility since then, but no formal charges have been filed.

Psaki did not elaborate on why the US is calling for his release. She noted that the US has expressed concerns all along about politically motivated, arbitrary arrests of members of the Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsi hails.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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