Clinton Arrives in Egypt for Meeting With New President
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met on Saturday for the first time with the Egypt’s new president, Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.
In brief remarks after her meeting here with Mr. Morsi, Mrs. Clinton repeatedly commended the Egyptian people on the achievement of the country’s first free presidential election and stressed that Egyptians alone would decide their future. She said she would work with Congress and the Egyptian government to work out the details of delivering a $1 billion package of aid President Obama promised a year ago. And she talked about the importance of the peace treaty with Israel and the protection of individual and minority rights.
Mrs. Clinton arrived at a delicate moment, in the midst of the showdown between Mr. Morsi and Egypt’s top generals, but she barely alluded to the military’s recent grab for power, or its failure to deliver on its promise to handover leadership of the country to civilians by July 1. She talked about the need for “consensus” on the subjects of Parliament and the constitution so that Mr. Morsi could “assert the full authority of the presidency.”