Kerry due in Cairo Wed. for talks on Syrian crisis
U.S. Secretary of State Kerry attends the ministerial meeting on Libya in Vienna - REUTERS

CAIRO: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive in Cairo Wednesday for talks with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi on the latest developments in Syria and a range of bilateral and regional issues, State Department spokesman Mark Toner announced in a statement.

Kerry’s visit comes after his participation in a round of meetings held in Vienna earlier this week to discuss ways to reinstate a Washington and Moscow sponsored truce between Syrian government forces and rebels that has recently been fraught with violations on both sides, said Toner.

Following his visit to Cairo, Kerry is scheduled to head to Brussels to meet NATO allies, according to Toner.

The U.S. government has criticized Kerry’s department for authorizing arms sales to Egypt without properly checking that they would not be used in rights abuses, according to the statement.

Last week, The U.S. embassy in Cairo said in a statement that the U.S.’s first shipment of MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicles designed to protect soldiers from blasts from Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), landmines, and other types of attacks arrived in Egypt’s port of Alexandria for delivery to the Egyptian military.

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