U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri in Cairo, Egypt Sunday, June 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Brendan Smalowski, Pool)
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Arab countries should resist funding Sunni fighters in what is turning into a cross-border war between Iraq and Syria because that support eventually could help the fast-spreading insurgency in Iraq, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday.Kerry said the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has become a threat to the entire Mideast, and perhaps beyond.Shoukry, in a joint news conference with Kerry, said Egypt is worried about any spillover effects the unrest in Iraq will cause its Arab neighbors.Kerry arrived in Egypt Sunday on a surprise trip to push for democracy in the politically tumultuous country as Washington quietly released $572 million in military aid.Kerry, the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi came to power, was to press the former army chief during his lightning trip to install greater political freedoms and discuss security challenges.Kerry was also hearing directly from civil society leaders about the situation in the country in a roundtable at a Cairo hotel.Kerry will insist in his meetings that the United States still needs to see a return to the rule of law if U.S.-Egypt ties are to improve.
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