San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement tonight on the recent developments in Egypt:
“The United States, like countries across the Middle East and around the world, is monitoring the events unfolding in Egypt today. In a nation and region of such great strategic importance, we encourage all sides to refrain from violence – amidst the current protests and demonstrations, and in the days and weeks to come.
"What happens next in Egypt is critical to meeting the aspirations of the Egyptian people. We call on the military to expeditiously transfer power to a democratically-elected, civilian government. We urge the military and people of all political persuasions to ensure the transition is non-violent and inclusive, that human rights are protected, and that the rule of law is maintained.
"A peaceful, democratic transition of power and the legitimate election of a new president are essential to ensuring Egypt’s prosperity and enduring stability."