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Clinton, Egypt's foreign minister discuss political crisis, Gaza

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urges counting on democratic mechanisms to solve Egypt's current political crisis after speaking to her counterpart Mohamed Kamel Amr

Reuters , Monday 26 Nov 2012
Egyptians attend the funeral of Gaber Salah, who was who was killed in clashes with security forces in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 (Photo: AP)
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr on Monday to underscore U.S. hopes that Egypt's political crisis can be resolved in a democratic manner, the State Department said.

Clinton reiterated U.S. concerns about Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi's decision to assume sweeping powers and checked in on the progress of discussions between Mursi and senior judges on the way forward, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told a news briefing.

"The secretary underscored the importance of settling these disputes in a democratic manner, so we look forward to seeing the outcome of that (discussion)," Nuland said.

"We want to see the constitutional process move forward in a way that does not overly concentrate power in one set of hands," Nuland said.

She said Clinton also used the phone call to follow up on Gaza, where Egypt brokered a ceasefire after a week of fighting between Israel and the Palestinians.

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