CAIRO — Clashes erupted on the streets of Cairo on Monday not long after a visiting U.S. diplomat hailed what he called a “second chance” for Egyptian democracy after the ouster of the country’s elected president this month.
Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns, the highest-level U.S. official to visit Cairo since President Mohamed Morsi was removed by the military on July 3, signaled Washington’s readiness to stand with Egypt’s new leaders even as Morsi supporters were gathering for fresh demonstrations to demand his reinstatement.
“The United States is firmly committed to helping Egypt succeed in this second chance to realize the promise of the revolution,” Burns told a small group of reporters after a day spent meeting with members of the new interim government, including Gen. Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, the army chief and defense minister.
“I am not naive. I know that many Egyptians have doubts about the United States, and I know that there will be nothing neat or easy about the road ahead,” he added.