Clinton in Cairo to Discuss Egypt’s Political Transition

Posted July 14th, 2012 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Egypt where she will discuss country's political transition with newly inaugurated President Mohamed Morsi and other officials.

Clinton arrived in Cairo on Saturday on a flight from Abu Dhabi. A VOA correspondent traveling with Clinton says she will also reopen the U.S. consulate in Alexandria during her two-day visit to the country.

A senior State Department official has told reporters that Clinton is eager to hear President Morsi's plans for Egypt's political transition, and for talks about what the U.S. can do to support Egypt's new government.

The official says the U.S. will offer Egypt a variety of tools to help stabilize its economy. The initiatives include a $60 million enterprise fund and a $250 million fund in support of small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Clinton arrived in Egypt following a weeklong tour of Asia. She also will visit Israel before returning to Washington.