Obama calls embattled Egyptian President Morsi

July 2, 2013 - 5:35 AM
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President Barack Obama gestures while speaking at a business forum aimed at increasing investment in Africa, Monday, July 1, 2013, in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. The president is traveling in Tanzania on the final leg of his three-country tour in Africa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — President Barack Obama is encouraging embattled Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi (MOHR'-see) to respond to concerns being voiced by throngs of protesters seeking his removal from office.

The White House confirmed in a statement Tuesday that Obama called Morsi on Monday while traveling in Africa. The call came as Egypt's military said Morsi must meet the demands of millions of protesters who have taken to the streets.

The statement said Obama told Morsi that the United States is committed to the democratic process in Egypt and does not support any single party or group. The statement also said Obama underscored to Morsi that the current crisis can only be resolved through a political process.

Obama also told Morsi he's particularly concerned about violence in the demonstrations, especially sexual assaults against women.