CAIRO: The U.S. Embassy in Cairo defended Friday Secretary of State Secretary John Kerry’s “unintended” slip when he said “Israel” instead of “Egypt” in his remarks at a reception hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce of Egypt in Sharm el-Sheikh.
The embassy’s official account on Twitter said “Clear theme of @JohnKerry speech/visit today: confidence in #EGYPT’s future. All night flight+morning event=unintended slip (wrong country!)”
Kerry, leading a delegation to the Egypt Economic Development Conference 2015, said “President Sisi has engaged on a bold and critical path to implement reforms. He’s committed to restoring investor confidence in Israel’s future” meaning to say Egypt.
The State Department later released an amended transcript, with a notation stating the “Secretary meant to say Egypt, instead of Israel, as delivered.”
Kerry affirmed in an earlier tweet that he was “ Happy to be in #Egypt for #EEDC2015 – flew all night to show strong support for Egypt’s future.”
In his speech, he said that he came to EEDC2015 with a simple message; the U.S. is committed to the economic well-being of the Egyptian people.