Menendez on Transition in Egypt: “The Egyptian People Have Been Heard”

Menendez on Transition in Egypt: “The Egyptian People Have Been Heard”

Praises Decision for New Leadership, New Direction in Egypt

Washington - Following reports that Egyptian President Mubarak has agreed to step down and turn over the functions of the government to the Armed Forces Supreme Council, US Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement:

"Today's news sends a loud and clear message - the Egyptian people have finally been heard. Generations of Egyptians have lived under Mubarak's autocratic rule - but no longer. An interim authority, representative of the myriad voices in Egyptian society, can now help guide political reform. Freedom and equality - so long desired by the Egyptian people - are within their grasp. After fighting, risking and - in many cases - giving their lives, Egyptians now have the opportunity to pursue those ideals."

Senator Menendez met with Egyptian leaders in New Jersey yesterday and discussed next steps for the country and its people. Menendez also introduced a resolution in the Senate, adopted in January by unanimous consent, condemning the New Year's Day attack on Egypt's Coptic Christian community. This attack underscored the need for religious freedom and equality of treatment for all Egyptians. Click here for a PDF of the resolution: http://menendez.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Coptic Church Res - Final1.pdf

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