July 31st, 2012
02:25 PM ET

Panetta: New Egyptian president “his own man”

By Larry Shaughnessy

The U.S. secretary of defense arrived in Cairo Tuesday for his first meeting with the first democratically elected president in Egypt's history.

Afterward Leon Panetta had positive words for Mohammed Morsy, who represented the Muslim Brotherhood in the election.

"I was convinced that Morsy is his own man, and he is the president of all of the Egyptian people and that he is truly committed to implementing democratic reforms here in Egypt," Panetta said.

The meeting with Morsy was a top priority for this leg of Panetta's week-long trip to North Africa and the Middle East.

Panetta also met with Egypt's long-time top military leader, Field Marshal Muhammad Tantawi, who is playing a key role in the transition from the Mubarak regime to elected government.

"Based on what I've seen and the discussions I've had ... President Morsy and Field Marshal Tantawi have a very good relationship and are working together towards the same end," Panetta told reporters traveling with him on the trip.

One of the issues not on the table in the Cairo meeting was additional arms sales to Egypt. That's because sales have been arranged in previous meetings and the more important issue is getting the transition to democracy sorted out once and for all.

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    August 1, 2012 at 5:05 am | Reply
  6. Sodomite

    "Own man"! Best laugh I've had all day. Another American puppet.

    July 31, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Reply
  7. George Patton

    Is this Mohammed Morsy really going to be his own man or did he take bribes from this Leon Panetta to continue taking orders from Washington D.C. just like Mubarak did? This remains to be seen.

    July 31, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Reply
  8. RLTJ's

    Muslim brotherhood must be on the rise. Somewhere in the middle of different Arab forces. A hybrid.

    July 31, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Reply
  9. RLTJ's

    That must be true. Egypt cannot jeopardize regional politics..

    July 31, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Reply
  10. EgyBK92

    BOLLOCKS! Morsy is a lame duck. Tantawi and SCAF are pulling the strings and causing civil unrest to undermine the president. Why has he not chosen a cabinet by now? The unrest in the Sinai, why doesn't the Army mobilize over there? Because they don't want to.

    July 31, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Reply
  11. PaxHominibus

    If he's "his own man" why did he have to cut short his first meeting because the ARMY woUldn't let him carry on?

    July 31, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Reply

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