Kerry: US Releasing Millions In Aid To Egypt, But With Promise Of Reform

Photo Credit: APSecretary of State John Kerry said Sunday the United States will give Egypt $250 million more in aid, following President Mohammed Morsi’s pledges for political and economic reforms. However, Kerry also said the Obama administration will hold Morsi, who came to power in June as Egypt’s first freely elected president, to his commitment.

“The American people want to see the political and economic success of our long-time partners and friends in Egypt,” Kerry said in Cairo. “We look forward to continuing to work closely with all Egyptians. But “it is clear that more hard work and compromise will be required to restore unity, political stability and economic health to Egypt.”

Egypt was one of Kerry’s first stops on his first tour of Arab nations since becoming secretary. Kerry will be meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, in the Saudi capital Riyadh Monday.

While in Saudi Arabia Kerry will also meet with Saudi and Gulf Arab officials for talks expected to focus on the crisis in Syria and fears about Iran’s nuclear program.

Kerry’s two days of meetings in Egypt have proven tense and fraught with political peril. “I expect a lot,” Egyptian Defense Minister Abdul Al-Sisi told Kerry on Sunday. Kerry replied: “I expect a lot from you.”

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