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Egypt’s President-Elect to Be ‘Judged by Actions, Not Religious Affiliation’

AFP/GettyImages(WASHINGTON) -- White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters that he’d heard the criticism that Egypt’s choice to elect a Muslim Brotherhood candidate to the presidency showed that the Arab Spring was a debacle, but he cautioned that, “we judge individuals and parties that are elected in a democratic process by their actions, not by their religious affiliation.”

Critics of the Muslim Brotherhood have pointed out that the group has called Israel an "enemy entity" and has celebrated jihad against the West. The Obama administration has painted the Muslim Brotherhood as a "moderate" group.

“We hope President-Elect (Mohammed) Morsi will take steps to advance national unity, uphold universal values and respect the rights of all Egyptian citizens including women and religious minorities such as Coptic Christians,” Carney said, reading a statement aboard Air Force One Monday.

He said that concerns about relations with Israel being hurt should be tempered by the fact that Morsi acknowledged Egypt would continue to uphold its treaty obligations with the Israelis. As for Iran? Carney wouldn’t say the U.S. would urge or demand that Egypt steer clear of formal relations with Iran but suggested that it’s, "perfectly appropriate for a nation like Egypt to have relations with its neighbors but again we look to Egypt to continue its significant role as a pillar of regional peace and stability."

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Jay Carney: Assad Can 'Lead the Transition' or 'Get Out of the Way'

KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In Syria on Wednesday, thousands of elite troops converged on a northern area where the government has been losing control.

Eleven weeks of protests against President Bashar Assad's 40-year rule have led to a violent nationwide government crackdown and activists say more than 1,300 Syrians -- most civilians -- have died.

White House spokesman Jay Carney had a message for Syria's leader.

"President Assad now has a choice.  He can lead the transition, or he can get out of the way."

The U.N. Security Council is set to discuss a draft resolution condemning the Syrian government Thursday, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Supporting the resolution, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice said, according to WSJ, "We will be on the right side of history if and when this comes to a vote."

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Obama Administration: Actions by Syrian Government 'Outrageous'

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The White House has again issued a statement on the ongoing unrest in Syria, saying it is “deeply concerned” by reports of pushback from the government against its own people.

“The escalating repression by the Syrian government is outrageous,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a statement Tuesday. “The United States strongly condemns the continued efforts to suppress peaceful protesters. President [Bashar al-] Assad and the Syrian government must respect the universal rights of the Syrian people, who are rightly demanding the basic freedoms that they have been denied.”

Carney also noted that the administration is “concerned by reports that Syrians who have been wounded by their government are being denied access to medical care.”

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