Senior U.S. official visits Egypt for first time since Mursi’s removal, report says Germany knew of U.S. spying, and Spanish PM embroiled in financing scandal. Today is Monday, July 15, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner and @clarerrrr.
Egypt’s interim President Adli Mansour (R) speaks with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns at El-Thadiya presidential palace in Cairo, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
Burns gets burned. A senior U.S. official is visiting Cairo today for the first time since President Mohamed Mursi’s ouster, arriving in a country where both Islamists and their opponents are livid over U.S. involvement in Egypt:
Deputy Secretary of State William Burns arrived in a divided capital where both sides are furious at the United States, the superpower which supports Egypt with $1.5 billion in annual aid, mostly for the army that deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi two weeks ago…. Washington, never comfortable with the rise of Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood, has so far refused to say whether it views Mursi’s removal as a coup, which would require it to halt aid. The State Department said Burns would meet “civil society groups” as well as government officials, but the Islamist Nour Party and the Tamarud anti-Mursi protest movement both said they had turned down invitations to meet Burns.
Thousands of pro-Mursi protesters rallied in Cairo today, demanding his reinstatement. Many have held vigil for their deposed leader since his removal. Meanwhile, anti-government protesters called for a demonstration but have seen dwindling numbers at their rallies. Overall, protests have been largely peaceful since 92 people were killed in the days immediately after Mursi was forced out of office. Egypt’s interim prime minister started to fill his cabinet on Sunday, beginning the transition intended to restore civilian rule according to an army-backed “road map.” Unrest continues in Egypt’s lawless North Sinai province, where a suspected militant attack killed 3 and wounded 17 this morning.