Kerry Visits Egypt, Hails Signs of Democracy

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Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday there were signs Egypt's military-backed rulers would embrace democracy as he visited the country for the first time since the overthrow of elected president, Mohammed Morsi, NBC News reported. "President Obama and the American people support the people of Egypt," he told reporters after landing in the capital Cairo. "We believe this is a vital relationship." His comments came after the July 3 ouster - and subsequent deadly crackdown on Morsi's supporters - prompted Washington to freeze some aid to its long-standing ally. Kerry wass expected to meet with many key figures including Egypt's military chief, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi--who seized power in the July 3 overthrow--and the interim president, Adly Mansour. The trip comes on the on the eve of Monday's scheduled start of Morsi's trial on charges of inciting murder.

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