Clinton in Egypt for talks with President Morsi


US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives at Cairo international airport on July 14, 2012. Clinton arrives in Cairo for talks with new Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, amid a power struggle between the Islamist leader and the generals who ruled Egypt after Hosni Mubarak was ousted.


Brendan Smialowski

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton today arrived in Cairo, where she is set to meet with the country's newly-elected President Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, reported the Associated Press

Clinton is expected to encourage the new head of state to end his growing political standoff with the ruling military generals and work towards a full transition to democratic governance, according to unnamed US officials quoted by Reuters.

"She is going to say, you have to stick with it. You have to keep going," said the official traveling with the US Secretary, referring to the promised transition from military rule to a civilian government. Egypt's military took power following last year's ousting of former leader Hosni Mubarak. 

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Clinton also scheduled to meet with Egypt’s military chief and the foreign minister, said AP.

Her arrival comes after a week of fighting between Morsi and the judicial system over last month's dissolution of the Islamist-dominated parliament.

The new Egyptian leader issued a presidential decree on July 8 intended to legalize the lawmaking body, a move seen as a challenge to the country's ruling generals, who further cemented their powers with a few key amendment's to the country's provisional constitution just days after parliament was dissolved. The changes left the presidency largely powerless.

The courts, however, overturned Morsi's decree, and the Cairo Appeals Court today rejected a separate appeal made on behalf the parliament issue, said Ahram Online, a decision it said "kills any hope" of reviving the previous legislative body.