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Kerry in Egypt on surprise visit

English.news.cn   2014-06-22 16:47:02

CAIRO, June 22 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived here on Sunday to meet Egypt's newly-elected president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for talks on common concern, state media reported.

This is the first visit for U.S. high-profile official since Sisi took office in the early June after his landslide victory in the May presidential vote.

Since it signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1979, Egypt has been one of the strongest allies of the United States in the Middle East, but the ties were strained since the removal of the Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi by the army due to mass protests against his one turbulent year in rule.

The U.S. administration has recently decided to release a partial suspension of aid by delivering 10 Apache attack helicopters and 650 million U.S. dollars in aid.

U.S. President Barack Obama also pledged to work with Sisi to advance the "shared interests" of both countries days after Sisi's inauguration.

Kerry's visit came on the heels of a brief visit by Saudi King Abdullah, the main Gulf ally to Egypt.

The talks between Sisi and Kerry are expected to tackle bilateral relations and severe regional issues.

 

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