Washington: United States on Thursday urged Egypt's interim leaders and the army to stop arbitrary arrests of Muslim Brotherhood members, saying that such moves would only prolong the country's political crisis.

There had been many arrests in recent days "targeting specific groups," said State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki. “These are not in line with the national reconciliation that the interim government and military say they are pursuing," she said.

"If politicized arrests and detentions continue, it is hard to see how Egypt will move beyond this crisis,” Jen Psaki said.

On Wednesday, Egypt's public prosecutor ordered the arrest of Muslim Brotherhood supreme guide Mohammed Badie and other top leaders for allegedly inciting violence after 51 people were killed in clashes on Monday.


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