Amid Frosty Relations, Kerry Drops In on Egypt
Unannounced trip comes on eve of Morsi trial
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 3, 2013 7:24 AM CST
US Secretary of State John Kerry walks with Egypt's Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy, second left, to their joint press conference in Cairo, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool)

(Newser) – US Secretary of State John Kerry is in Egypt today on an unannounced visit that is the highest-level American trip to the country since the military booted Mohamed Morsi in July, prompting the US to yank hundreds of millions in military aid. Denying that the suspension of aid was punitive, Kerry urged Egyptians to continue their "march to democracy," and underscored the two nations' friendship. Perhaps easier said than believed: US-Egypt relations have been frosty at best since Morsi's ouster, notes the AP, and the deposed president goes on trial tomorrow on charges of inciting murder. Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy, for his part, said that the two nations "are all pursuing a resumption of normal relations."

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Nov 4, 2013 7:31 AM CST
I think Kerry is there for the "KETCHUP" talks........"HEINZ KETCHUP" that is..........
Nov 3, 2013 1:02 PM CST
It's too bad the educational elite don't work weekends for we need some news that fit to print.
Nov 3, 2013 1:00 PM CST
A democratic government is not a government by the military, nor is it a government by a minority group. 90% of Egyptians are devoted to Islam. Only 10% are Christian. Those who are Christian, refer to God as Allah. Most Americans know next to nothing about the Egyptian people or their lives. A democratically elected President of Egypt is certain to be a Muslim, if the voting process is fair and legitimate. American Christians may prefer a Christian to be the President of Egypt, but that isn't going to happen unless that person is appointed as a dictator, a tyrant. As far as aid to Egypt is concerned, we will be defeating the cause of Democracy in the Middle East if we send even one more dollar to the Egyptian military. Hint - it was a military coup, overthrowing a democratically elected President. The proper method is an election.