US State Secretary to visit Egypt Sunday

A US State Department delegation has already arrived in Egypt to prepare for Kerry's visit, the sources said.

US State Secretary to visit Egypt Sunday

World Bulletin/News Desk

US Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive in Cairo on Sunday for his first visit to Egypt since elected president Mohamed Morsi's July 3 ouster by the military, sources at Cairo International Airport said Friday.

Airport officials were notified that Kerry would touch down on Sunday for an hours-long visit during which he was slated to meet with a handful of Egyptian officials, the sources told Anadolu Agency.

A US State Department delegation has already arrived in Egypt to prepare for Kerry's visit, the sources said.

Egyptian authorities have yet to announce Kerry's itinerary.

Washington's top diplomat is scheduled to embark on a Middle East tour from November 3 to 11. Cairo, however, had not been included as a stop on the planned tour.

But Kerry said this week that he might visit Cairo for meetings with Egyptian officials.

"One of the meetings that I insisted on having was that we make sure we meet with a cross-section of civil society," Kerry said Tuesday.

The visit will come only one day before Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president, is due to appear in a court to face "incitement to violence" charges -- allegations supporters say are politically motivated.

Relations between Egypt and the United States soured further after Washington suspended some military aid to Egypt last month following bloody crackdowns on Morsi supporters by Egyptian security forces.

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