Kerry with Sisi, whose government is eyeing U.S. military aid as it clamps down on instability. (REUTERS)
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Sunday made the highest-level American visit to Egypt since President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi took office as Washington pressed the former army chief to adopt more moderate policies.Earlier this month, the U.S. quietly agreed to send an estimated $572 million to Egypt in military and security assistance on top of $200 million in economic aid already delivered.Kerry said he discussed these issues with Sisi, adding that the president promised reviews of human rights issues and legislation. Kerry also said the Obama administration was working with Congress to sort out differences over the rest of the money designated for Egypt. The U.S. wants Sisi to build a more inclusive government, and that largely means lifting the ban on the Brotherhood and allowing it to participate in the political process.
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