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July 15, 2013

Diplomat: U.S. not backing a side in Egypt

CAIRO — A senior U.S. diplomat has dismissed accusations Washington backs any one side in Egypt, saying the administration supports a balanced and inclusive democratic process.

Deputy Secretary of State William Burns is making highest level visit to Egypt by an American official since Islamist President Mohammed Morsi was overthrown by the military on July 3 following days of mass protests.

Burns held talks Monday with Egypt’s interim leaders and the head of the military.

Washington has been sharply criticized by both Morsi’s supporters and opponents for what each side perceives as support for their rival’s position.

Burns told reporters Washington backs those siding with the aspirations of Egyptians who went out during the 2011 uprising against longtime autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak.

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