Condoleezza Rice visits Egypt to meet Political Opponents
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice leaves Monday on a Middle East tour to push efforts to spread democracy. She will head first to Cairo, Egypt, where on Tuesday she will meet with Egyptian leaders as well as political opponents of President Hosni Mubarak.
Here are some of Condi's statements to the press before her Middle East trip. The statements speak for themselves:
She was "disappointed" that Mubarak has postponed municipal elections, scheduled to be held in April, for two years.
"The message that I will take to Egypt is that Egypt needs to stay on the democratic course...It needs to keep pushing ahead on the democratic course."
"It is a great civilization and great people and it can lead the democratic progress in the Arab world. I would hope that it will do that."
"The time is "not right" for a free trade accord between the United States and Egypt."
"It is important that we have the right atmosphere for free-trade agreements because they have to of course go through Congress, they have to be approved. But it is not a matter of punishment, it's just a matter of the timing being not quite right."
I hope she won't miss meeting opposition leader Ayman Nour and the Egyptian Judges.
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