World Bulletin / News Desk
US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Cairo on Sunday for his first visit since Egyptian army ousted elected president Mohamed Morsi on July 3.
Kerry headed directly to the Foreign Ministry headquarters for talks with his Egyptian counterpart Nabil Fahmi.
The two are expected to hold a joint press conference after their talks.
Washington's top diplomat will meet later with interim President Adly Mansour and Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.
The Foreign Ministry denied on Friday any link between Kerry's visit and Morsi's trial, scheduled to start Monday.
"The visit is part of a Middle East tour that will cover a number of countries in the region," ministry spokesman Badr Abdel-Ati said.
Morsi, Egypt's first democratically-elected president, is expected to appear in court on Monday.
It will be Morsi's first public appearance since his ouster by the military in July, following massive protests against his presidency.
Morsi faces charges – which critics insist are politically motivated – of inciting the murder of protesters outside Cairo's Ittihadiya presidential palace late last year.
Washington suspended last month some of its $1.5 billion in annual aid to Egypt, citing the slow pace of restoring democracy.
It announced withholding deliveries of tanks, fighter aircraft, helicopters and missiles, as well as $260 million in cash aid to Egypt.Last Mod: 03 Kasım 2013, 14:09