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Hagel calls Egyptian defence minister

04 July 2013, 13:38

Washington - The Pentagon says Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has spoken to the Egyptian defence minister twice in the past week, including a call he made to Defence Minister General Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Tuesday.

Pentagon press secretary George Little is refusing to release any details about the content of the calls. He says US officials at various levels of government have been very clear that America remains committed to the democratic process in Egypt and hopes the tensions there can be resolved peacefully.

The disclosure came as Egypt's military moved to tighten control of key institutions in the country, ahead of an almost certain push to oust President Mohammed Morsi from office.

Little says the Pentagon did not disclose last week's call until now because of the sensitivities of the situation.

- AP


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