Egypt cannot return to 'bad days' of Mubarak: US
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States (US) warned on Tuesday there must be no return to the "bad old days" of the Mubarak era in Egypt, as the army there called for talks to resolve a crisis over a constitutional referendum.
"We continue to have deep concerns about the situation in Egypt," State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland said. "Key stakeholders in Egypt are raising real and legitimate questions, both about the substance and about the process for moving to a constitutional referendum this weekend."
Tens of thousands of protesters filled Cairo streets to demonstrate for and against the referendum called for Saturday on a draft constitution backed by President Mohamed Mursi and his Islamist allies.
General Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, Egypt's armed forces chief and defence minister, urged all political groups to meet on Wednesday at a Cairo military sports complex, in a statement posted on the military's Facebook page.