Clinton Offers Aid to Egypt’s Feuding Civilian, Military Leaders
.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has ended two days of talks with Egypt’s quarrelling civilian and military leaders, offering them U.S. assistance for the struggling Egyptian economy without publicly taking sides in their ongoing power struggle.
A U.S. State Department official said Clinton discussed U.S. aid proposals in a meeting with Egyptian military chief Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi in Cairo on Sunday. The official said Tantawi told Clinton that reviving the Egyptian economy is a priority for the country. Clinton revealed details of the U.S. aid pledge on Saturday, when she held talks with Egypt’s Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, who took office last month.
VOA correspondent Scott Stearns, who is traveling with Clinton, said debt relief is a major part of the U.S. package.
“In both her talks with President Morsi and Field Marshal Tantawi, she discussed the U.S. ability to help the Egyptian economy,” he said. “The political instability here in Egypt has really hurt economic growth and tourism revenue. So, U.S. President Barack Obama is proposing package of debt relief that could go as high as $1 billion. Tantawi said that’s really the chief priority now, that’s what Egyptians need - a better economy.”