In Cairo, Secretary Kerry addresses reporters and meets with Egyptian President al-Sisi and Egyptian Foreign Minister Shoukry to discuss Gaza Ceasefire. 

Egypt’s Chilling Detour on the Path to Democracy

On Monday, an Egyptian court convicted three international journalists from Al Jazeera’s English-language network along with 15 others of conspiring with “terrorists” to harm national unity. Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Australian Peter Greste received seven-year sentences; Egyptian Baher Mohamed got an extra three years for possessing a single spent bullet, a souvenir from his reporting on the country’s street protests.

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This morning, President Obama issued a statement on the unfolding situation in Egypt and called for an end to violence. He said,

"The United States strongly condemns the steps that have been taken by Egypt’s interim government and security forces. We deplore violence against civilians. We support universal rights essential to human dignity, including the right to peaceful protest. We oppose the pursuit of martial law, which denies those rights to citizens under the principle that security trumps individual freedom, or that might makes right. And today the United States extends its condolences to the families of those who were killed and those who were wounded."

Secretary Kerry on Egypt: “Today’s events are deplorable and they run counter to Egyptian aspirations for peace, inclusion, and genuine democracy… The United States strongly supports the Egyptian people’s hope for a prompt and sustainable transition to an inclusive, tolerant, civilian-led democracy.”

The United States strongly condemns the use of violence against protesters in Egypt.
White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest, August 14, 2013
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UNICEF has launched new report about female genital mutilation/cutting that looks at data from 29 countries over the past 20 years. Overall, support for the practice is declining - even in countries where FGM/C is widespread, such as Egypt and Sudan.


But there is still work to be done. In a few countries, the proportion of girls and women who want FGM/C to continue has remained constant. 

united-nations:

UNICEF has launched new report about female genital mutilation/cutting that looks at data from 29 countries over the past 20 years. Overall, support for the practice is declining - even in countries where FGM/C is widespread, such as Egypt and Sudan.

Deputy Secretary William Burns spoke to the press in Egypt today. You can read the full transcript at http://www.state.gov/s/d/2013/211959.htm

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy, as the two attend the 50th anniversary African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on May 25, 2013. Read more about the Secretary’s visit to Ethiopia here. [State Department photos/ Public Domain]

Join a Google+ Hangout on Global Youth Issues April 4

Why are youth-led innovation and entrepreneurship important to diplomacy? Find out Thursday, April 4 at 9:00 a.m. EDT during a Google+ Hangout with the U.S. Department of State’s Special Adviser on Global Youth Issues Zeenat Rahman and young innovators from the United States, Ghana, and Egypt. You can watch the hangout on the State Department’s Google+ page or YouTube channel. Join the conversation by submitting questions now on the State Department’s Google+ page or on Twitter to @Zeenat using #GlobalYouth.

Highlights from Secretary Kerry’s first international trip, including Ankara, Cairo, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, and Doha. [Go to http://video.state.gov for more video and text transcript.]