U.S. role in post-Mubarak Egypt still unclear

By Bradley Klapper

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, July 15 2012 8:41 a.m. MDT

The United States is in a difficult spot, eager to be seen as a champion of democracy and human rights after three decades of close cooperation with Mubarak despite his abysmal record in advancing either. This has involved some uncomfortable changes, including occasionally harsh criticism of America's once faithful partners in the Egyptian military and words of support for Islamist parties far more skeptical of U.S. motivations for Egypt and the region.

Appearing alongside Clinton at a news conference Saturday, Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr said Morsi stressed in his meeting with the American secretary that he would respect all treaties Egypt has entered into, which includes the landmark 1979 peace accord with Israel.

According to Amr, the president spoke in favor of a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace deal along the 1967 borders and with east Jerusalem as the capital of the future Palestine — a moderate Arab vision for a two-country solution that his party members have been often vague on in the past.

Clinton and Morsi also spoke about Egypt's distressing economic outlook. Clinton promised that the U.S. would make good on well over $1 billion dollars in debt relief, private investment capital and job creation funds that Washington has previously outlined.

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