Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs George Little provided the following readout:
“Secretary Panetta called Field Marshal Tantawi today to discuss current events in Egypt, including the recent Supreme Constitutional Court ruling on the Egyptian parliament. Secretary Panetta highlighted the need to move forward expeditiously with Egypt's political transition, including conducting new legislative elections as soon as possible.
“Field Marshal Tantawi reiterated the SCAF's commitment to hold free and fair presidential elections as scheduled and to transfer power to a democratically elected government by July 1. The two leaders agreed on the importance of the U.S.-Egyptian strategic relationship. Secretary Panetta underscored to Field Marshal Tantawi the need to ensure a full and peaceful transition to democracy and said he looks forward to working with Egypt's newly elected government to advance our mutual interests.”