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Egypt 'to look beyond US'

Sunday, November 03, 2013 - 00:55

Nov. 3 - Egypt's foreign minister says it will look beyond the U.S. to meet security needs. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Egypt's foreign minister said on Saturday that Egypt would look beyond the United States to meet its security needs and warned Washington that it could no longer ignore popular demands in a changed Arab world. Nabil Fahmy, speaking ahead of a visit by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, said: "The message that I'm going to convey is that this, and excuse me, that the President's going to convey also, when he sees him, is that this is a very important relationship, the U.S.-Egypt relationship; that this is a new Egypt also... that the relationship is much deeper than aid or no aid and it has to be looked at as a strategic relationship rather than a tactical one. "We will work in that constructive fashion to develop the relationship, but there's no question in our mind that we will fulfill our national security needs as they are required from whatever source we need," he added. Fahmy, a broadly pro-American figure in the interim military-backed government, made his first significant foreign trip to Russia in September rather than to the United States which has suspended key parts of its aid to the Egyptian army pending progress on democracy.

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Egypt 'to look beyond US'

Sunday, November 03, 2013 - 00:55