Hamdeen Sabahi, another senior figure in the Salvation Front, called on Kerry to be consistent in his comments about human rights and U.S. support of democracy.
In an interview with the Egyptian satellite channel ONTV late Thursday, Sabahi said Washington is only thinking of its interests in the region and accused the United States of striking a deal with the Brotherhood.
President Barack Obama spoke by phone this week with Morsi, emphasizing the Egyptian leader’s ‘‘responsibility to protect the democratic principles that the Egyptian people fought so hard to secure’’ and urged him and all political groups to find consensus, the White House said.
Obama also ‘‘welcomed Egypt’s continued role in advancing regional peace and maintaining the ceasefire in Gaza’’ — in what many in the anti-Morsi camp here see as a sign that Washington is more concerned with ensuring peace with Israel than with democracy in Egypt.
Bahey Eldin Hassan, of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, wrote an open letter to Obama earlier this month, saying that Washington should stop commenting on developments in Egypt. He said Washington’s comments give Morsi’s government ‘‘political cover.’’