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  2/27/2013, Adar 17, 5773

Obama Tells Morsi to 'Protect Democracy'


U.S. President Barack Obama warned on Tuesday that his Egyptian counterpart Mohammed Morsi has a "responsibility to protect" the democratic principles advanced by the 2011 uprising, AFP reports.

Obama "welcomed President Morsi's commitment to serving as a president for all Egyptians, including women and people of all faiths," the White House said in a statement describing a phone call between the two leaders.

He "emphasized President Morsi's responsibility to protect the democratic principles that the Egyptian people fought so hard to secure," it said, referring to the uprising that brought down former President Hosni Mubarak.