Clinton meets activists in Egypt, says rights a 'core pillar' of US policy

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May 28, 2009 23:55

 
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US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton described democracy and human rights as "a core pillar of American foreign policy" and said she and President Barack Obama would bring them up again in Egypt next week. Clinton met Thursday with more than a dozen rights activists visiting from Egypt a day after she raised "issues pertaining to democracy and human rights" with Egypt's foreign minister, Ahmed Ali Aboul Gheit. "This is a group of young men and women from Egypt who are committed to improving the lives of the Egyptian people, providing more economic opportunity, greater growth in democracy, respect for human rights" Clinton said in greeting the activists. "I think that there is a great awareness on the part of the Egyptian government that with young people like this and with enhanced communications, it is in Egypt's interest to move more toward democracy and to exhibit more respect for human rights."

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