Kerry to make first trip to Egypt since Morsi's ouster

By REUTERS
November 1, 2013 12:54




CAIRO - US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Egypt on Sunday for the first time since the army toppled the country's first freely elected president on July 3, state news agency MENA said.

It said the visit to Egypt, whose alliance with the United States has come under strain, would only last several hours.

Ties between Washington and Cairo have deteriorated since the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi, an Islamist who was elected last year. A popular uprising toppled authoritarian ruler Hosni Mubarak, a longtime US ally, in February 2011.

In a sign of the tension, the United States said on October 9 it would withhold deliveries of tanks, fighter aircraft, helicopters and missiles as well as $260 million in cash aid to Egypt pending progress on democracy and human rights.

Kerry arrives a day before Morsi and 14 other Brotherhood leaders go on trial on charges of inciting violence.


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