Egypt trumps Libya in White House concerns

Although turmoil increases in Libya, the bigger problem at hand for the Obama administration is Egypt, reports the New York Times.

The American Embassy in Cairo came under siege from protestors hours before the attacks in Benghazi, the second largest city in Libya, on Tuesday. There were no American deaths, though the response from the Egyptian government gave concern to officials in Washington.

For the United States, “politically the bigger issue is Egypt. On the one hand, you didn’t have Americans getting killed, but this was the fourth time an embassy was assaulted in Cairo with the Egyptian police doing precious little,” said Martin S. Indyk, a former United States ambassador to Israel.

President Obama said the American relationship with Egypt is “a work in progress,” but the country is not considered an enemy.

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