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Monday
Jul152013

Sec. Kerry Heads to Jordan; Deputy Sec. Burns Meets with Interim Officials in Egypt

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State John Kerry was traveling Monday for a brief visit in Amman, Jordan, where he’ll meet with Jordanian and Arab League officials over the next few days. On the agenda for Secretary Kerry's trip will be updates on the Middle East: the latest with Syria as well as the on-going developments in Egypt.

Meanwhile, the State Department wouldn't get into specifics on Monday of how Deputy Secretary Bill Burns’ trip to Cairo is going, but officials did admit that Burns has not met with any members of the Muslim Brotherhood while there.

"He has not met with a member or a representative from the Muslim Brotherhood," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

Burns is the highest level administration official to visit Egypt since Morsi’s ouster. Psaki said Monday that Burns met with interim President Adly Mansour, Interim Vice President  Mohamed ElBaradei and Defense Minister Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, as well as with a group of business leaders, a group of human rights activists, and a group of Coptic Christian bishops. Members of that church say since the 2011 so-called "Arab Spring" revolution began, more than 80 Coptics have been murdered at the hands of Islamists.

Psaki said Monday regarding Burns' trip, "He didn't come with American solutions nor did he come to lecture anyone and he reiterated the fact that we know that Egyptians must forge their own path to democracy," she said.

It’s not clear whether Burns will meet with any Brotherhood members before he leaves Tuesday, but it appears unlikely.

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