U.S. top military officer says Egyptian military remains neutral

09:45, February 05, 2011      

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Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Friday that his Egyptian counterpart has assured him that the Egyptian military is working hard to remain neutral.

"They are very focused on the people of Egypt," the chairman said in an interview on ABC's "Good Morning, America."

Mullen spoke by phone Wednesday with Egyptian armed forces' Chief of Staff Sami Enan, reiterating his call for calm in the region.

"They would like this clearly to transition peacefully. There are more army forces out today, and you can see them in the pictures. They work very hard to remain neutral, and they really want to continue to do that," he said.

Mullen said Enan has assured him that "he's not going to fire on his people," and they will continue their discussions on the country's situation.

He stressed the transition in Egypt "is really up to the Egyptian people (and) the Egyptian government."

Source: Xinhua
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