Egypt political crisis: US senators arrive to mediate peace process
Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: In an attempt to find a peaceful solution to the ongoing Egypt political crisis, US senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham are presently in Cairo to hold talks with senior diplomats in the country.
Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel earlier held talks with Army chief General Faath al-Sisi and discussed progress of reconciliatory talks while US Deputy Secretary of State met Muslim Brotherhood leader Khairat al-Shater who is cuently in prison, as per a BBC report.
As the mediation process continues, the Army-backed Egyptian government had earlier said that it would give mediation a chance but warned that time was limited.
Thousands of Morsi supporters remain camped out in two Cairo sit-ins, which the government has declared a threat to national security and pledged to disperse.
The authorities say the Brotherhood has incited violence, accusing it of engaging in terrorism - a charge the movement denies as it grapples with one of the toughest moments in its 85-year history.
The crisis has left Egypt, the Arab world`s biggest nation, more dangerously divided than at any point since the downfall of US-backed strongman Hosni Mubarak in 2011 and raised questions over the future of its nascent democracy.
Morsi became Egypt`s first freely elected leader in June 2012. But fears that he sought to establish himself as a new dictator coupled with a failure to ease economic hardships afflicting most of its 84 million people led to huge street demonstrations on June 30, triggering the Army move.
(With Reuters Inputs)
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