US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Saturday expressed concern about the recent violence in Egypt and urged General al-Sisi to support an inclusive political process.
Discussing the latest developments in Egypt with Egyptian army chief and Defense Minister General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on the phone, Secretary Hagel expressed concern about the recent violence in Egypt and urged General al-Sisi to support an inclusive political process in the wake of the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.
Gen. al-Sisi assured Secretary Hagel that Egyptian authorities were working toward a process of political reconciliation and that he looked forward to meeting with Deputy Secretary of State William Burns while he is in Cairo.
Sisi affirmed to Secretary Hagel that Egypt's leadership remains committed to the political roadmap leading to elections and the formation of a constitution in Egypt.
Last Saturday, Hagel expressed deep concern about the security situation and violence which took place that time in Egypt, and "encouraged that restraint be exercised during this difficult period."
American public has been discussing whether US would regard the events in Egypt as "coup" or not.
The US Senate on Wednesday rejected a proposal to cut off $1.5 billion in aid to Egypt.
Egypt will be one of the hot topics for 2016 presidential election in the US as a potential Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul criticized US President Barack Obama and his administration's refusal to label the ouster of Egypt's president a military coup with the proposal of cutting off US aid to Egypt.