Kerry: U.S. ties with Egypt 'vital'
November 3rd, 2013
08:52 AM ET

Kerry: U.S. ties with Egypt 'vital'

By CNN Staff

U.S. ties with Egypt go deeper than aid, America's top diplomat said Sunday.

"Let me make it clear here today: President Obama and the American people support the people of Egypt," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said.

"We believe this is a vital relationship."

Kerry's visit marked the highest-level U.S. official trip to Egypt since former President Mohamed Morsy's ouster in July. It was also his first trip to the country since the U.S. suspended significant military aid to Egypt over the bloody crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood.

After meeting with Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy, Kerry pushed for reforms as he defended the U.S. decision to suspend hundreds of millions of dollars in assistance.

"It's not a punishment," Kerry said. "It's a reflection of a policy in the United States under our law."
He described aid as "a very small issue."

"Our hope is that we can make the progress we need on democracy, the rights of people, the protections of people, the ability of the country to have its civil society strengthened and restored, and then we will march together hand in hand into the future, with Egypt playing the vital role that it has traditionally played in this region," Kerry said.

Kerry stressed that U.S. humanitarian support to Egypt continues, in addition to counterterrorism efforts with the military and work to ensure safety in the Sinai Peninsula.

The aid suspension last month roiled Egyptian officials. Fahmy told CNN's Christiane Amanpour at the time that the decision raised concerns about the U.S.-Egypt relationship.

"This has been a relationship that has a continuity to it, especially on strategic issues like military cooperation. And any disruption in that continuity raises concerns. ... This is a very important relationship to both countries, and we need to work to enhance it, because it serves both sides," he said.
Kerry's visit to Egypt was the first stop on a 10-day trip to the Middle East, Europe and Northern Africa. From Egypt, he is scheduled to travel to Saudi Arabia.

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    Eh not a bad message from Kerry, you also have to keep in mind that he was in their country when he said it lol. Kerry essentially is saying to them that it isn't punishment but he wants to keep them working towards democracy and human rights. Lol ironically this proves that the cut in aid is punishment, and justifiable punishment at that. America can't be funding Egypt if they're using that money to kill people and make us more enemies in the future. It's just not good policy for America, or for that matter Egypt as well. If the Egyptians want that military aid they have to prove that its being used legitimately and not for the wholesale oppression of their people or turned against our own people.

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  35. amit mishra

    Wow,absolutely amazing and interesting to read secretary of sates Mr Kerry visit to Egypt to restore relation between united states and Egypt.

    My amazing and most loving honey Margaret Brennan CBS news mentioned Mr Kerry make unannounced visit to Egypt to make better relationship between two countries after Mr Obama cut aid to Egypt,most important and interesting point she mentioned My Kerry said to Egypt "we need fair,transparent relation economical as well as political". its very promising.

    Margaret also mentioned i agree with Mr Kerry regarding to cut aid to Egypt,she mentioned we didn't want to cut aid but current condition of Egypt not favorable.why?
    Margaret mentioned.
    1)Egypt has no any democracy.which is unacceptable for U.S policy.
    2)Egypt failed to stop violence and failed to bring stability in region.
    3)Egypt misuse U.S aid to killed own people,against U.S aid policy.
    4)Egypt out of way to fight against terrorism,which is first priority of common policy.
    interesting analysis by genius honey Margaret.

    interesting to see Margaret mentioned that U.S first priority to bring peace and stability in the region,which is also big issue for mid east and for Saudi Arabia,why is important for Saudi Arabia,Margaret mentioned Saudi Arabia is close ally of U.S and mostly mid east war between Shiite and Sunni,Saudi Arabia got success to protect country from terrorist and from terror group,but not other neighboring country like Syria,Yemen and ask help from united states to pursue effective policy to bring stability to those region.

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  36. Joseph McCarthy

    U.S. ties with Egypt are vital, John Kerry says, but vital for whom? Since democracy seems to have failed in that country so miserably and the Muslin Brotherhood no longer has any power, it's time for Egypt to set up a Communist state and work to solve that it's pressing internal problems and just ignore the West!

    November 3, 2013 at 11:33 am | Reply
    • Arnold

      Getting rid of Muslim Brotherhood terrorists from Egyptian government is the first step toward forming a democracy.

      November 3, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Reply
    • StanCalif

      Right, "democracy" failed in Egypt – democracy is doing no better in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya nor anywhere in the Middle East. These countries don't understand that democracy is much more than simply winning an election! Building stable governments doesn't happen overnight. Rebuilding destroyed economies takes even longer. Saudi Arabia is certainly no democracy, and never will be! The Saudis secretly fund terrorists of all stripes to covertly prevent any successful democracy from forming. Democracy is a huge threat to them!
      Look what happened to the Soviet Union. Today, Russia is certainly no democracy. Russia, and all the former states of the USSR are today dictatorships. None of them are democracies! Sure, they all hold elections. Who wins is largely predetermined. Freedom, human rights nonexistent.

      November 4, 2013 at 7:35 am | Reply
      • John McKane

        Then again Stan, this country is no longer a true democracy either since the powerful war lobby in Washington seems to own both the White House and the majority of Congress. The only people that Congress listens too these days are the special interest groups and not the American public. Furthermore, if Barack Obama ever had any moral principles or common ethics, he abandoned them upon assuming the Presidency!

        November 4, 2013 at 9:39 am |
  37. John Geheran

    "Vital". Maybe so. But the savvy Egyptian people are unlikely to believe Kerry so long as the WH continues to be infected with MB members and fellow travelers masquerading as "Middle East Policy Advisors".

    November 3, 2013 at 11:32 am | Reply
  38. Random

    Eh I think until we decide we cannot be friends we shouldn't start presenting ourselves as unreliable. Cutting aid serves no purpose. They know we are not pleased with people dying, but they and the world know that we respect their sovereignty and it is their problem to solve. It serves no purpose but to damage relations.

    November 3, 2013 at 10:11 am | Reply

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