Clinton Stresses Rights, Promises Economic Aid During Egypt Visit

Posted July 15th, 2012 at 5:10 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Tel Aviv after spending two days in Egypt, pledging U.S. economic aid to its struggling young government.

Clinton held talks Sunday with Egyptian military chief Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi. Aides say he told Clinton that reviving the economy is his country's priority.

Clinton stressed the importance of protecting the rights of all Egyptians, including women and religious minorities.

She met Saturday with newly elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, pledging up to $1 billion in debt relief along with help for small businesses and private sector loans.

Clinton did not publicly take sides in the power struggle between President Morsi and the military. Mr. Morsi defied military chiefs last week and reconvened parliament even after the Supreme Court ordered it to disband becasue of election problems.