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Rep. Marino Releases Statement on Crisis in Egypt


Location: Washington, DC

"I remain very concerned about the volatile situation in Egypt for many reasons -- the global economy, further unrest in the Middle East, our dependence on regional oil supplies, and especially for the safety of American citizens who are living, working and studying there."

"As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I am monitoring the situation closely and have been in contact with Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

"I hope President Mubarak's Tuesday announcement that he would not run for re-election will appease the protesters. President Mubarak's decision to remain in power until his successor is chosen and his promise of a peaceful transition of power hopefully will provide time for some healing to occur.

"My biggest fear is that radical Islamists would take over a fractured Egypt and cause even more damage to the strained relations in the Middle East. It is vital that the United States support an electoral process which includes candidates who have publicly renounced terrorism, uphold the rule of law, recognize Egypt's international commitments and its peace agreement with the Jewish State of Israel."

"As far as this situation's impact on the United States energy and the potential of even higher oil prices, I believe this only underscores our need to concentrate our efforts on energy independence."

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