22 February 2011

US Embassy in Cairo takes stock in wake of Mubarak downfall

US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns has arrived in Egypt to assess the situation 10 days after the downfall of Hosni Mubarak, the US Embassy in Cairo announced.

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The US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs has arrived at the US Embassy in Cairo.

The Arabic-speaking veteran diplomat will meet with leaders of Egypt's interim military-led administration as well as representatives of civil society, the US Embassy said.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Mr Burn’s visit last week. She said the United States would offer Egypt, which is already a big recipient of US aid, some $150 million.

Speaking to reporters Burns saluted Egyptians on the "historic transition to democracy".

Washington looked forward to listening to the priorities of the new government and it would encourage "concrete steps" towards real political change, he said.

"This is a moment of extraordinary promise for Egypt and Egyptians. It's a historic transition to democracy; it's a moment when voices and courage and sacrifice and the remarkable peaceful determination of Tahrir Square has been heard around the region and around the world."

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