February 20, 2014

In Egypt, Kaine Meets With Government Officials, Youth Leaders & Opposition Members

CAIRO, EGYPT – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and Central and South Asian Affairs had substantive discussions today with Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nabil Fahmy and Defense Minister Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Kaine also met with youth leaders, opposition party members, civil society, and Egyptian business leaders.
In meetings with the government officials, Kaine expressed support for the U.S.-Egypt strategic relationship, encouraged progress on Egypt's democratic transition, discussed security in the Sinai, stressed the importance for economic recovery and planning, and shared concerns over the jailing of journalists.
In meetings with Egyptian youth, opposition leaders, civil society, and Egyptian business leaders, Kaine asked about the political environment in Egypt, discussed political and economic reform, and listened to ideas about how to ensure Egypt's democratic progress.
Tomorrow, Kaine will visit the Multinational Force and Observers Mission and meet with servicemembers from Virginia.