Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi (R) meets with US Secretary of State John Kerry (C) in the accompany of Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr (L) at the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, March 3, 2013. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Egypt Saturday on a two-day visit as part of his first trip aboard as Washington's top diplomat. (Xinhua/The Egyptian Presidency)
CAIRO, March 3 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi held talks Sunday with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Cairo on bilateral relations and ways to boost Egypt's ailing economy, official news agency MENA reported.
The meeting focused on developments of the economic situation in Egypt and ways to resolve the current economic crisis, besides topics of regional and international issues including the situation in Syria and the Middle East peace process.
Kerry, who wraps up his two-day trip to Cairo, has urged Saturday evening all Egyptian political leaders to reach consensus as an important step for resolving the country's economic crisis.
"There must be willingness on all sides to make meaningful compromises on the issues that matter most to the Egyptian people, " Kerry told reporters Saturday after talks with Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr in Cairo.
"We do believe that in this moment of economic challenge, it is important for the Egyptian people to come together around the economic choices and to find some common ground in making those choices," he added.
Kerry conveyed U.S. President Barack Obama's support to Egypt and that the U.S. would like to enhance the country through " economic assistance, support for private businesses and growing Egyptian exports to us."
"I emphasize again, as strongly as I can, we're not here to interfere, I'm here to listen," Kerry said.
Kerry also held talks Sunday with Egyptian Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi when they discussed ways of enhancing military cooperation between the two countries and the capability of the armed forces to support peace and security in the region.
During their meeting, Kerry hailed the role of the Egyptian armed forces in maintaining security and stability in the country during such a critical period.
Kerry's visit came amid Egyptian opposition's calls for boycotting the upcoming parliamentary elections and other demands of some anti-government protesters for the armed forces to interfere in the country's political life.
CAIRO, March 3 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up his two-day visit to Egypt on Sunday, during which he mediated between the country's ruling Islamic forces and the opposition. Whether Kerry's efforts would be fruitful, according to some analysts, depends on the Muslim Brotherhood's willingness to make concessions to the opposition.
"It is clear that more hard work and compromise will be required to restore unity, political stability and economic health to Egypt," Kerry said after meeting with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Sunday. Full story
CAIRO, March 3 (Xinhua) -- Protests held by an Egyptian group of Cairo-based football fans on Salah Salem road leading to Cairo International Airport hindered U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who wraps up his two-day visit to Egypt, from catching his plane on time, state-run al-Ahram online reported Sunday.
Sources said Kerry's private plane was supposed to take off at 4 p.m. local time (1400 GMT), but the march of the Utras Ahlawy groups created traffic jam and blocked the road leading to the airport. Full story
CAIRO, March 3 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who is currently on a two-day visit to Egypt, urged Saturday evening the Egyptian political leaders to reach consensus as an important step for resolving the country's economic crisis.
"There must be a willingness on all sides to make meaningful compromises on the issues that matter most to the Egyptian people," Kerry told reporters after initial talks with Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr in Cairo. Full story
BEIJING, March 3 (Xinhuanet) -- U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, has arrived in Egypt to urge the government and the opposition to reach a political consensus, to help the country emerge from an economic crisis. His visit comes ahead of national elections boycotted by the main opposition group- National Salvation Front.
Kerry first met with Arab League Secretary General, Nabil el-Araby, in Cairo. During the talks, he stressed the need for a political deal and reforms in Egypt, to secure much-needed funds from the Inaternational Monetary Fund. Full story
CAIRO, March 2 (Xinhua) -- The ongoing two-day visit of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to Egypt may improve Egypt's chances for getting a suspended loan of 4.8 billion U.S. dollars from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to rescue the country's ailing economy.
Kerry said Saturday evening in Cairo that the United States is committed to assisting Egypt to become a democratic state with successful economy. Full story