U.S., Arab Nations Working To Bring Egypt Parties Together: Kerry

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Reuters
The United States and other nations are working to bring Egypt's interim government and the Muslim Brotherhood together to find a peaceful resolution to the current crisis, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday.

U.S., Arab Nations Working To Bring Egypt Parties Together: Kerry

The United States and other nations are working to bring Egypt's interim government and the Muslim Brotherhood together to find a peaceful resolution to the current crisis, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday.

"Egypt needs to get back to a new normal, it needs to restore stability, to be able to attract business and put people to work," Kerry said before a meeting with United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed in London.

"We will work very very hard together with others, in order to bring parties together to find a peaceful resolution that grows the democracy and respects the rights of everybody."

Concerned about more bloodshed in Egypt, the United States, European and Arab states are trying to bring the sides together, relying on the United Arab Emirates to work with the interim government and Qatar to liaise with the Muslim Brotherhood.

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has made several visits to Egypt in the last month to speak to both sides. She is one of the few outsiders to visit deposed president Mohamed Mursi, who is being held in a secret detention facility.

Kerry's No. 2, William Burns, was headed to Cairo on Friday for talks in his second visit in less than a month.

It is unclear whether he will meet with members of the Muslim Brotherhood, who criticized Kerry for saying that the Egypt's military had been "restoring democracy" when it toppled Mursi. Washington has avoided calling his removal a coup.