Secretary of State John Kerry has received some criticism for going yachting as the Egyptian leader was going overthrown. But the State Department, which first insisted that Kerry wasn't even on his boat, is now insisting that the secretary of state has been working hard -- and they've just now released a readout of "Kerry Calls," with a "Washington, DC" dateline.
"Over the days since the unrest in Egypt intensified, Secretary Kerry has been in constant contact with the national security team, regional partners, and his counterparts. In addition to participating in a secure call with the National Security Council today to review the very fluid situation in Egypt, he has been in hourly touch with Ambassador Patterson and in the last two days he has also spoken with Mohamed Elbaradei, Qatari Foreign Minister al-Attiyah, Omani Sultan Qaboos, Emirati Foreign Minister bin Zayed, Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal and Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu," the readout claims.
"In all these calls with his counterparts, Secretary Kerry reiterated the call for the violence in Egypt to cease and for all parties -- the Muslim Brotherhood, opposition, and military -- to ensure that those expressing their views do so peacefully. Secretary Kerry also reaffirmed U.S. support for democracy and the protection of universal human rights for all Egyptians, reform that meets the legitimate aspirations of the people, and respect for the rule of law. He stressed that the United States wants to see Egypt's civilian transition succeed, and that the United States will do all it can to help encourage that effort."
The "Media Note" announcing the call comes from the "Office of the Spokesperson" at the State Department and is datelined "Washington, DC."