Kerry, in Cairo, seeks to soothe US-Egypt strains

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Associated Press

Posted on November 3, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 3 at 6:04 PM

CAIRO (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says the suspension of U.S. aid to Egypt is "not a punishment."

At a news conference in Cairo, Kerry held out the prospect that aid could resume as Egypt makes progress in restoring civilian democratic rule and protecting human rights. The U.S. withheld more than $1 billion in assistance to Egypt after the military toppled the democratically elected government and cracked down on its supporters.

Standing alongside the Egyptian foreign minister, Kerry acknowledged that Egypt has faced "difficult challenges" and "turbulent years." He urged Egyptians to continue their "march to democracy."

Kerry is the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Egypt since the July 3 ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. He made the unannounced stop in Cairo at the start of a 10-day tour of the Middle East, Europe and North Africa.

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087-a-13-(Secretary of State John Kerry, at news conference)-"in the Sinai"-Secretary of State John Kerry says the suspension of major amounts of military aid to Egypt was "not a punishment." (3 Nov 2013)

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088-a-16-(Secretary of State John Kerry, at news conference)-"violence to end"-Secretary of State John Kerry says he discussed with Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy U.S. concerns about Egypt's system of justice. ((Nabil Fahmy is pronounced NAH'-beel FAH'-mee)) (3 Nov 2013)

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086-a-12-(Secretary of State John Kerry, at news conference)-"private sector development"-Secretary of State John Kerry says despite cutting hundred of millions of dollars in military aid to Egypt, the U.S. sends money for other causes. (3 Nov 2013)

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085-a-15-(Secretary of State John Kerry, at news conference)-"define the relationship"-Secretary of State John Kerry says his talks with Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy went beyond the military aid to Egypt that the United States recently cut. ((Nabil Fahmy is pronounced NAH'-beel FAH'-mee)) (3 Nov 2013)

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APPHOTO CAI123: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, gestures, as Egypt's Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy stands at the podium at left, during a joint press conference in Cairo, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. Kerry is in Cairo pressing for reforms during the highest-level American visit to Egypt since the ouster of the country's first democratically elected president. The Egyptian military's removal of Mohammed Morsi in July led the U.S. to suspend hundreds of millions of dollars in aid. This is the first stop in an 11-day trip that will take Kerry to the Mideast and Europe. (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool) (3 Nov 2013)

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