Kerry arrives in Cairo

Saturday 13-09-2014 12:18 PM
Kerry arrives in Cairo

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry waves as he leaves Ankara, for Cairo March 2, 2013. REUTERS/Jacquelyn Martin/Pool


CAIRO, Sept 13 (Aswat Masriya) - United States Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Cairo Saturday morning for the third time in three months. 

Arriving from Turkey, Kerry is in Egypt on a two-day visit to meet with Egyptian officials and discuss the latest developments in the region.

Kerry was scheduled to hold talks with Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry at 10:30 am on Saturday, followed by a joint press conference at 2 pm, Egypt's foreign ministry announced in a statement on Friday.

The U.S. secretary of state met with Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi in Cairo on Saturday to discuss the latest developments in Syria, Libya and Iraq, reported state-run news agency MENA.

The meeting parties discussed international efforts to combat terrorism. They also addressed the results of the Jeddah Talks, MENA reported.

Kerry began a tour to the Middle East on Tuesday, and took part in Thursday's Jeddah talks, hosted by Saudi Arabi to discuss means of combating extremist groups within the region.

The talks included representatives from Egypt, the U.S., Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and the six member-states of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

The talks managed to grant the U.S. the support of 10 Arab countries to launch a "coordinated military campaign" against Islamic State fighters in Iraq.

Islamic State fighters have controlled large areas of Iraq and Syria recently. They have carried out a number of mass executions and beheaded two American journalists.

Kerry, the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Egypt, was in Cairo last July to discuss the situation in Gaza and a ceasefire initiative proposed by Egypt. 

This will be Kerry's third visit to Egypt since President Abdel fattah al-Sisi, the former army chief, was inaugurated president.

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