Washington: The US and the European Union (EU) have expressed concern over the "dangerous stalemate" in Egypt, as the country`s interim president announced foreign mediation efforts have failed.
US Secretary of State John Kerry and EU`s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton lamented the "limits" of their role, after envoys from the two sides -- Qatar and the United Arab Emirates -- failed in their 10-day efforts to diffuse the Egyptian crisis ensuing from the military`s ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi on July 03.
"Today, the diplomatic efforts ended," Egypt`s interim President Adly Mansur said on Wednesday in a statement.
In late July, Ashton had travelled to Egypt and met Morsi who remained in detention. US Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham joined William Burns, Kerry`s deputy, in the mediation efforts.
"While further violent confrontations have thus far been avoided, we remain concerned and troubled that government and opposition leaders have not yet found a way to break a dangerous stalemate and agree to implement tangible confidence-building measures," Kerry and Ashton said in a joint statement.
"The Egyptian government bears a special responsibility to begin this process to ensure the safety and welfare of its citizens," they added.
Nearly 300 people have been killed in violence since Morsi`s removal, and his Islamist supporters are still encamped in two squares in Cairo -- Rabaa al-Adaweya in Nasr City and Nahdet Misr in Giza, demanding his reinstatement.