|Date: 14/05/2012 Time: 10:21:00 PM
The US welcomed here Monday Egypt's decision
to allow international monitoring and Egyptian witnesses in the upcoming
presidential elections, saying that it is considered an "important step".
"We are delighted that Egypt is allowing international monitoring and
Egyptian witnesses for the election," due on May 23-24, State Department
Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters.
She affirmed that "this is a very, very important step".
Meanwhile, Nuland indicated that the US does not plan to have an official
US witness delegation.
She said in this regard, "Obviously, our embassy will be there and will be
taking a look-see on Election Day. But I think we consider that in this case,
it's best to have others do the witnessing".
"Our hope is for a free, fair, transparent election in which as many
Egyptians as possible participate," she remarked.
Egyptians abroad started casting ballots on May 11 with voting open until