Clinton Talks with Egyptian Leaders

Posted July 15th, 2012 at 4:35 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton holds meetings Sunday with influential Egyptian leaders, a day after holding talks with newly-inaugurated President Mohamed Morsi.

Clinton is meeting in Cairo with top military commander Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, who was the country's interim leader after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.

She also holds talks separately with Egypt's Christian leaders and women leaders and then travels to Alexandria to participate in a flag-raising ceremony at the U.S. consulate.

Later Sunday, Clinton departs for Israel.

On Saturday, the top U.S. diplomat reaffirmed U.S. support for Egypt's political transition.

Clinton said the United States wants to be helpful, but “it is for the Egyptian people to decide” how the transition plays out.

Clinton also announced a $60-million enterprise fund for small and medium-sized businesses and $250 million in private-sector loan guarantees.