Congratulations to the Egyptian people on a successful Constitutional referendum! As I personally witnessed last month in Cairo, they are optimistic and embracing a new era for their democratic nation. I look forward to seeing the official turnout numbers and the results.
We here in the United States have taken a long, arduous path towards a true democracy – forging a Constitution, creating a civil society, and establishing limits to our government. It has taken us 240 years to get to where we are today. We hope the Egyptians have learned from our efforts and can achieve success in a much shorter period.
Their new Constitution offers the guarantee of rights; an open an inclusive government; and has key limits to the military. We know that Egypt is a lynchpin in the region and is a vital ally of the U.S. It is important that we support Egypt’s new political process while strengthening the bonds between us.