US Deputy Secretary to meet Egypt president, army chief

US Deputy Secretary Bill Burns arrived in Egypt late Sunday on a three-day visit, the first by a senior American official since the Egyptian president's ouster

US Deputy Secretary to meet Egypt president, army chief

World Bulletin / News Desk

US Deputy Secretary Bill Burns is expected to meet Monday interim President Adly Mansour, Vice President Mohammad El-Baradei and Defense Minister Abdel Fatahh el-Sisi.

Talks will dwell on the situation in Egypt and the military-backed roadmap, sources with the US Embassy in Cairo told the Anadolu Agency.

The sources said Burns will also meet civil society and business leaders, asserting that his itinerary does not include any meetings with the Muslim Brotherhood.

"In all these meetings, he will underscore US support for the Egyptian people, an end to all violence, and a transition leading to an inclusive, democratically elected civilian government," the State Department said Monday in a press release on its website.

The senior diplomat arrived here late Sunday on a three-day visit, the first by a senior American official since the army ousted elected President Mohammad Morsi on July 3.

The powerful army ousted Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, on July 3 following mass protests against his regime.

It suspended the constitution and named the head of the constitutional court as interim president.

Thousands of Morsi supporters have since taken to the streets nationwide in mass demonstrations and sit-ins to defend his legitimacy and demand his reinstatement.

While countries like Turkey and Tunisia describe what happened as a military coup, the Obama administration has avoided the term because under US laws that means automatic and immediate halt to the $1.3 billion Egypt gets every year in military aid.

But Washington has called for the release of Morsi, who has not been seen in public ever since his ouster and his whereabouts remains under wraps.

Last Mod: 15 Temmuz 2013, 16:37
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