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2 U.S. senators in Cairo over Egyptian political crisis

English.news.cn   2013-08-06 03:04:20            

CAIRO, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- Two U.S. senators arrived in Cairo, Egypt on Monday for a two-day visit over the recent developments in the turmoil-stricken country, official news agency MENA reported.

The two Republicans, John McCain and Lindsey Graham, both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, are expected to meet with senior Egyptian officials, including armed forces chief, Defense Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, Vice-President for foreign relations Mohamed ElBaradei, and interim Prime Minister Hazem al-beblawi.

The senators' visit overlapped the trip of U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns to Egypt, where he met with top Egyptian leaders as well as a delegation from an Islamist alliance backing ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.

Early in the day, Burns, along with a European envoy and the foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, reportedly met with Khairat al-Shater, detained deputy chief of the Muslim Brotherhood from which Morsi hails. The report, though, is denied by the Egyptian Interior Ministry.

Editor: yan
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