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State Dept: Egypt Is an Ally, Regardless of What Obama Said

2:32 PM, Sep 13, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland maintained that Egypt is an ally, regardless of what President Obama said:

Nuland's statement comes after a President Obama first said Egypt is not an ally and later tried to backtrack. Josh Rogin reports:

President Barack Obama didn't intend to signal any change in the U.S.-Egypt relationship last night when he said Egypt is not an "ally," the White House told The Cable today.

In an interview with Telemundo Wednesday night, Obama said that the U.S. relationship with the new Egyptian government was a "work in progress," and emphasized that the United States is counting on the government of Egypt to better protect the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, which was attacked by protesters on Sept. 11.

"I don't think that we would consider them an ally, but we don't consider them an enemy," Obama said. "They're a new government that is trying to find its way. They were democratically elected. I think that we are going to have to see how they respond to this incident."

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