WASHINGTON - The top US defense official
expressed "concern" about recent developments in Egypt in a call
on Sunday to Egyptian army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi,
the Pentagon said.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed his condolences for
the victims of a spate of recent bomb attacks in Egypt, and
offered U.S. assistance to investigate the incidents, a Pentagon
spokesman said in a statement.
A bomb exploded outside an Egyptian army building north of
Cairo on Sunday, the latest in a series of violent incidents in
The Egyptian Army labeled the incident a terrorist attack,
but did not name the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group it
declared a terrorist organization last week.
In his call with Sisi, Hagel also "stressed the role of
political inclusiveness," and the two men discussed "the balance
between security and freedom," spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby
said in the statement.
"Secretary Hagel also expressed concerns about the political
climate in advance of the constitutional referendum, including
the continued enforcement of a restrictive demonstrations law,"
Rear Admiral John Kirby said.