Clinton, Morsi hold key talks
Meets generals after urging transition
EGYPT: US Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton held talks Sunday with Egypt’s top military leaders,
just hours after calling for them to help smooth the country’s full
transition to democracy.
The top US diplomat arrived in
Egypt amid a complex power struggle being played out between the
newly-elected Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, and the Supreme Council
of the Armed Forces (SCAF).
A day after her first meeting with
Morsi, Clinton met with Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi -- the country’s
interim military ruler after president Hosni Mubarak was ousted last
year ending three decades in power. AFP
EGYPT: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday held
talks with new President Mohamed Morsi soon after arriving in Cairo at
the start of a visit aimed at lending US support to Egypt’s transition
“We are very, very keen to meet you and happy you are here,” Morsi
told Clinton as they went into the meeting at the presidential palace in
Cairo’s upmarket Heliopolis suburb.
During the two-day visit, the top US diplomat will also meet Field
Marshal Hussein Tantawi -- the country’s interim military ruler after
Hosni Mubarak was ousted in an uprising last year -- as well as women
activists and Coptic leaders, US officials said. Clinton will
“ultimately sound a note of optimism about her view both of what Egypt
can achieve and what the US-Egypt partnership can achieve as we move
forward,” a State Department official told reporters ahead of the
She wants to hear about “the steps that the Egyptians are planning to
take... on the constitution, on the parliament and the other aspects of
institutions that will ultimately result in a full transition to
democratic civilian rule,” the official said.
“These are questions that only the Egyptians can answer. She’s not
coming with prescriptions, or with a specific set of proposals but
rather is going to seek to understand better how they intend to
proceed,” the official said.
Last week, Morsi ordered parliament to convene, defying a military
decision to disband the house after the country’s top court ruled it