Kerry touts need for 'meaningful compromises'
US Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed K. Amr on March 2, 2013 in Cairo
March 2nd, 2013
03:57 PM ET

Kerry touts need for 'meaningful compromises'

By Jill Dougherty and Joe Sterling

Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking to reporters in Egypt on Saturday, said "there must be a willingness on all sides" in Egypt to make "meaningful compromises on the issues that matter most to all of the Egyptian people."

And, Kerry said, Egyptians must stay focused on economic and political opportunities to succeed in forging a successful democracy. The United States wants to help all it can but not interfere in Egypt's affairs.

"We come here as friends," Kerry said - not as proponents of a particular group, person or ideology.