Thursday, July 21, 2011

Egyptian Military Leader Meets With US General Amid Cabinet Reshuffle

Head of Supreme Military Council Meets With US General

MENA Tue, 19/07/2011 - 15:08

The head of Egypt's ruling military council on Tuesday met with a US general to discuss political developments in the region, state-run news agency MENA reported.

Egypt's Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi and General James Mattis, commander of US Central Command, also discussed ways to enhance military cooperation between the US and Egypt.

During the meeting, Mattis stressed his country's willingness to support democratic transition in Egypt.

Mattis also met with Sami Annan, vice president of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF).

The two sides also discussed issues related to joint training programs and how to preserve communication channels for securing common interests and mutual commitments.

Other senior SCAF leaders and US Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson also attended the meeting.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

Egypt's new cabinet to be sworn in Thursday

CAIRO, July 20 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's reshuffled cabinet will be sworn in on Thursday before Hussein Tantawi, head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, state media quoted a military source as saying on Wednesday.

The cabinet had been set to be sworn in on Monday, which was delayed due to the negotiations over new ministers.

The reshuffle aims to end the recent protests in the country. But young activists still call for nationwide protests on Friday, insisting all their demands should be met.

Since July 8, protests have continued in Cairo's Tahrir Square and squares of Alexandria and Suez. Their basic demands included the faster and public trials of Mubarak and his aides and purging of the police officers accused of killing protestors and former regime officials from the current institutions.

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