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Congresswoman McCollum Denounces Violence in Egypt

August 19, 2013
Press Release

For Immediate Release:  August 19, 2013                                         
Contact:  Maria Reppas, (202) 225-6631 / (202) 527-0149

Washington, DC -- Today, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) condemned the ongoing violence and political instability in Egypt.  Since August 14, over 700 civilians have died in clashes with security forces, while over 45 Christian churches and monasteries throughout the country have been attacked and burned by members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

"I strongly condemn the Egyptian security forces use of lethal force against civilians. At the same time, the burning of Christian churches by members of the Muslim Brotherhood is also unacceptable. I support President Obama's approach as he urges Egyptian leaders to cease all violence against civilians. All sides must work toward peacefully transitioning to a civilian government.”

"The U.S. and Egyptian military-to-military relations have been critical to our country's national interests. Suspending military aid to Egypt must be a consideration if the situation does not improve in the near term."

Congresswoman Betty McCollum is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and is Co-Chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus.