U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, released the following statement regarding Egypt today while traveling through the Shenandoah Valley:
"The latest wave of violence in Egypt and the return to a State of Emergency are extremely troubling. I extend my deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those who have been killed or wounded in recent days and call on all parties to exercise restraint and renounce violence going forward. The President's announcement that the joint military exercise, Bright Star, would be canceled this year is appropriate as the interim government's actions run counter to U.S. principles and values. I urge the government to pursue a national reconciliation dialogue and swiftly lift the State of Emergency to show the Egyptian people -- and the world -- it respects the right of the Egyptian people to peacefully assemble and be granted due process under the law."