Clinton Says World Looking To Egypt To Form Inclusive Government

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Egyptians and the international community are looking to the new Egyptian president, Mohammed Morsi, to appoint an inclusive government that includes women and Christians.

Clinton said Christians in Egypt wonder if a government led by the Islamic Muslim Brotherhood will stand up for non-Muslims and Muslims equally. She said the United States is going to judge the Egyptian government by its actions, not its words.

The secretary of state made the comments in Washington Monday following the release of the annual U.S. report on worldwide religious freedom. The report highlights religious defamation laws in Muslim countries including Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

It also lists seven other countries of particular concern — China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Burma and Uzbekistan.

On China, the report says there has been a deterioration in the government's respect for religious freedom, including in Tibetan areas and against Muslims living in the Xinjiang autonomous region.

It said that in North Korea, religious freedom does not exist at all.

The report said Egypt's transitional government has made gestures toward greater inclusiveness, but has failed to hold accountable security forces who cracked down on mostly Christian protesters.

Questions of religious freedom dominated Secretary Clinton's visit to Egypt earlier this month.