Clinton due in Egypt for talks with Morsi
US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is due to arrive in Egypt for talks with the country’s new president, Mohamed Morsi, the country’s first ever under free elections.
Clinton’s talks with Morsi on Saturday, part of a two-day visit, are expected to concentrate on democratic transition and economic development in Egypt.
Clinton will also meet with senior government officials, civil society, and business leaders in Cairo, as well as the country’s second city Alexandria.
Religious freedoms and minority rights are also on Clinton’s agenda.
The US has been an long-time ally of Egypt, with $1.5bn of aid being received by Cairo annually, most of which goes to the military.
Since officially taking office earlier this month, Morsi has been caught in a power struggle with the military council, which ruled the country for around 16 months following the ouster of Hosni Mubarak last year.
Tension peaked as Morsi tried to reinstate a parliament, dominated by Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood group and other Islamist allies, which had been dissolved by the judiciary and the military prior to his appointment.
Clinton is on a regional visit and will travel to Israel next where she is expected to meet with officials there.