|Date: 25/06/2012 Time: 09:05:00 AM
President Barack Obama called General Ahmed
Shafiq, the loser of the Egyptian presidential election, to commend him on a
"well-run" campaign, the White House announced late Sunday.
"The President encouraged General Shafiq to continue to play a role in
Egyptian politics by supporting the democratic process and working to unify
the Egyptian people," the statement said.
Obama emphasized his interest in working together with the new Egyptian
president and all Egyptian political groups to advance the shared interests
between the United States and Egypt, the statement said.
Earlier in the day, Obama called Dr. Mohamed Morsi to congratulate him on
his victory in Egypt's presidential election.
Morsi, a 60-year-old, US-trained engineer, was the candidate of the Muslim
Brotherhood. He has promised a moderate, modern Islamist agenda in the wake of
the resignation 17 months ago of longtime Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.