US presses wary ally Egypt on Israel, democracy

September 29, 2011 • National News

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Egyptian Foreign Affairs Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr participate in a joint news conference following a bilateral meeting at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday Sept. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid a chaotic post-revolution period, the United States on Wednesday pressed Egypt’s interim military leadership to strengthen Egypt’s partnership with Israel and stick to scheduled elections later this year, even though a new set of leaders much less friendly to the U.S. and the Jewish state may be the winners.

After a meeting with the Egyptian foreign minister, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton went out of her way to describe the country’s ruling military council as “an institution of stability and continuity,” commending it for adhering to Egypt’s 32-year-old peace agreement with Israel. She called the Camp David Accords “essential for stability and, of course, essential for Egypt’s growth, prosperity and peaceful transition.”

But alongside the praise she expressed some growing concerns with the military’s domestic policies, specifically a decision to extend well into next year the emergency laws that were a mainstay of abuse during Hosni Mubarak’s three-decade rule.

“We hope to see the law lifted sooner than that,” Clinton told reporters, Login to read more

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