CAIRO: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to visit Egypt on Sunday to preview America’s stance for an upcoming donor conference, a diplomatic official told Anadolu news agency Friday.
According to Al-Masry Al-Youm, a diplomatic official who requested anonymity told Anadolu, “The U.S. secretary of state preferred to pay a visit after the Saudi king’s visit to Egypt to declare the stance of the American administration on the donor conference and to inform Egyptian officials that Washington will have a representative at the donor conference.”
Saudi Arabian King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz arrived in Egypt Friday to meet President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi at the Cairo airport for a short visit to Egypt, state television reported Friday.
King Abdullah called for a donor conference to help boost the Egyptian economy in a congratulatory cable to Sisi on June 4.
“I call upon all of Egypt’s brothers and friends to organize a donor conference to assist that country to overcome its economic crisis,” Abdullah said in a cable sent to Sisi Tuesday, published by Saudi state news agency SPA.
The diplomat told Anadolu that Kerry will discuss an American law to reduce aid sent to Egypt.
The visit comes after the American Congress discussed reducing aid to Egypt, a diplomatic source told Al-Shorouq Friday.
According to MENA, the American Senate Appropriations Committee proposed Friday a 28 percent cut in aid to Egypt.
The Egyptian-American aid is guaranteed by the 1978 Camp David Accord signed between Egypt and Israel.
On Saturday morning, a six-member delegation arrived from the U.S. State Department to arrange for Kerry’s visit to Egypt, according to MENA.
Diplomatic sources told Al-Akhbar on Saturday that Kerry’s visit with Sisi will be to discuss cooperation, and that this is the first visit of a high-ranking American official since Sisi’s inauguration.
Amr Rabie, an expert at Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies told Al-Akhbar Saturday that Kerry’s visit will end the state of controversy and the delay of the American administration in congratulating Sisi on the election win, adding that it shows that Washington recognizes the electoral authority in Egypt. He said it “sends a message that they will continue support and mutual cooperation between both countries during the coming period.”
An Egyptian official told Al-Shorouq Friday that relations between Egypt and America are “unstable.”