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Readout of the Secretary-General’s telephone conversation with H.E. Mr. Mohamed Kamel Ali Amr, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt

New York, 11 July 2013

The Secretary-General spoke today with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamal Amr. 

The Secretary-General expressed deep concern about continued detentions in Egypt and arrest warrants issued against Muslim Brotherhood leaders and others.  He reminded the Foreign Minister of Egypt’s international obligations and the need to fully respect the right to freedom of association, speech and due process. He made clear that there is no place for retribution or for the exclusion of any major party or community in Egypt.  He reiterated his support for the aspirations of the Egyptian people, and called for a peaceful dialogue that includes all parts of Egypt's political spectrum to find a way forward. The Secretary-General underscored the UN's support for an Egyptian government fully accountable to the Egyptian people.