U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday in Cairo employed his most conciliatory tone to try and staunch the wounds opened recently in Washington's relationship with Egypt after the toppling of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in a July 3 coup.
Kerry said that the United States is committed to cooperating with Egypt in its transition to democracy.
The secretary of state's visit was the highest-level trip by a U.S. official to the Middle Eastern nation since Morsi's ouster.
"The United States believes that the U.S.-Egypt partnership is going to be strongest when Egypt is represented by an inclusive, democratically-elected, civilian government based on rule of law, fundamental freedoms and an open and competitive economy," Kerry said at a joint press conference after meeting with his Egyptian counterpart, Nabil Fahmy.
Kerry's stop in Cairo, which was not officially confirmed by Washington until his arrival, is part of the secretary of state's tour of the Middle East, North Africa and Europe that will take him to eight countries.
In the various capitals he will visit, Kerry is scheduled to analyze the deterioration of U.S. relations with its main Arab allies - Saudi Arabia and Egypt - both of which are dissatisfied with the course of U.S. foreign policies after recent events in the region.
Kerry arrived in the Egyptian capital just one day after the beginning of Morsi's trial, where he is implicated in the deaths of demonstrators in front of the Presidential Palace.
Fahmy undertook to remind the United States that bilateral relations are going through a phase of "instability," but he urged a rejuvenation of those relations as soon as possible and expressed satisfaction over Kerry's visit. EFE