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Morsi Inauguration Off Limits to US, Other Foreigners

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Egyptian President-elect Mohamed Morsi said on Thursday there will be no foreign guests at his inauguration ceremony.

Egyptian President-elect Mohamed Morsi said on Thursday there will be no foreign guests at his inauguration ceremony.

Morsi will be inaugurated on Saturday in Cairo.

“I was categorically against the presence of any foreigner at the president’s swearing-in ceremony,” he said during a meeting with editors of national media outlets.

Only Egyptian citizens should be able to attend such an event, he added.

Morsi said U.S. diplomats had requested his meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday.

“I decided to postpone my reply to that request and the U.S. decided to postpone the visit,” he said.

After the inauguration, the ruling Supreme Military Council will transfer full power to Morsi, who has called for national unity and pledged to form a coalition government.

 

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