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Egypt PM discusses with US Dep Sec Burns on latest moves for transition

5th Aug 2013

CAIRO, (Xinhua): Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem el- Beblawi met on Sunday with visiting U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and they discussed the recent developments in the country.

During the meeting Beblawi stressed that the government is going on its way to implement its roadmap that was set by the people’s power, reported state run news agency MENA.

Beblawi also stressed that horizons of peaceful political work are open to all powers and no one will be excluded.

The interim prime minister informed the U.S. official about the economic situation of the country and the government plans to give a boost to the economy in the coming period.

Burns stressed that U.S. welcomes the resumption of negotiation with the International Monetary Fund about an expected loan to Egypt as soon as possible.

Burns also reiterated that only Egyptian people can decide their future and that U.S. is only trying to bring closer the views of different parties.

On Sunday Burns also met with Egypt’s military chief General Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.

The meeting touched on the current political crisis in Egypt and the ongoing effects in the democratic transition process in the turmoil-stricken country.

Sisi and Burns underlined the necessity of renouncing violence and bloodshed and achieving national reconciliation in light of a roadmap put forth by the army for the transitional phase.

The meeting was attended by Egypt’s Chief of Staff Sedki Sobhi and a number of senior army commanders as well as outgoing U.S. ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson.

During his second visit to Cairo since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on July 3, Burns met on Saturday with top Egyptian officials, including interim President Adli Mansour, Vice President for foreign relations Mohamed ElBaradei as well as a group of loyalists to Morsi on the current political crisis.

Editor: Yang Yi

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