Programming note: On Wednesday's Amanpour program at 3p EST/2100 CET, Christiane will follow up with an interview with a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood.
For the first time since President Morsy was forced from office, an Egyptian government official has spoken to international media.
Mohamed Kamel Amr resigned as Morsy’s foreign minister during the massive protests against Morsy, but has agreed to stay on as caretaker foreign minister.
Amr spoke with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday about his new task of navigating the minefield of Egypt’s post-Morsy relationship with the United States and other nations.
Amr would not say where Morsy is being held – admitting that he is not exactly sure of the location.
“[Morsy] is not free to go around, but he is treated very well,” Amr told Amanpour. He said that Morsy is also being held for “his own safety.”
Egypt’s new government will not end up as a group of just secularist liberals and technocrats pitted against the country’s Islamists, Amr promised.
“I myself want to end up with a government which represents every shade of the society,” Amr said. “This is Egypt and it has to be reflected in any real government.”
Amr said the United States is encouraging Egypt to move on with an inclusive political process and best that it be done as quickly as possible.
Amr said that there is a timetable of a maximum of seven months to carry out the next presidential election.