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Rubio wants Kerry to up pressure on Egypt

Sep 29, 2015 | News

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is pushing Secretary of State John Kerry to increase pressure on the Egyptian government on political reform and human rights during upcoming talks.
The 2016 presidential contender joined with Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Chris Coons (D-Del.) Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) to send a letter to Kerry on Monday ahead of next week’s U.S.-Egypt Strategic Dialogue, pressing him to make political inclusion, human rights, and “fundamental freedoms” key to the discussions. 
The bipartisan group of lawmakers wrote that they are “troubled” over developments in the country.
“We are troubled by recent developments in Egypt that suggest the country is not on a path to long-term sustainable security or political inclusion,” the senators say in the letter. “We are also concerned that recent U.S. policy and assistance decisions have been interpreted by the Egyptian government as an endorsement of the current political climate.”
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