9 January 2013

Egypt: U.S. State Department Daily Press Briefing: Egypt


Excerpt from the United States Department of State daily press briefing:

QUESTION: David Hale. I think you had said you would have a readout for us --

MS. NULAND: I will. We have no Said today, so it fell to you, Arshad.

Okay. We do have a readout on his travel. So he started his consultations on Tuesday, January 8th, in Jerusalem, where he saw senior Israeli officials, including Israeli negotiator Isaac Molho and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General Rafi Barak. He also met with the Norwegian special envoy, who happened to be there at the same time, Hanssen-Bauer.

Today he is visiting Cairo as part of our ongoing consultations with senior Egyptian officials on advancing Middle East peace and security.

In Cairo, he met with a broad cross-section of Egyptian officials, including Essam el-Haddad, who's Assistant to the President on Foreign Relations, the Egyptian General Intelligence Service Director Mohamed Refaat Shehata, with Assistant Foreign Minister for Israeli-Palestinian Affairs, Mr. Zahran, and with Gamal Atta, who also works on Israeli-Palestinian affairs, and with Arab League Secretary General Elaraby.

He also - I'm sorry, I got this sort of upside-down in terms of time and space. So he started in Jerusalem on the 8th, he met with the Israelis.

He then went to Amman on the 8th, where we met with Jordanian Foreign Minister Judeh and with President Abbas. And then he went on to Cairo, where he is today, for the Cairo meetings.

With President Abbas, Special Envoy Hale discussed, obviously, a broad range of regional and bilateral issues, including measures necessary to create a positive atmosphere conducive to future negotiations. They were also joined by Consul General Michael Ratney, as well as Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and the Presidency Spokesman Abu Rudeineh.

QUESTION: On the Mideast, did any - was anyone able to find out my question from - my offline question yesterday about that federal register notice yet?

MS. NULAND: We'll get something for you afterwards.

QUESTION: Okay. All right. And I got one more that also may have come up yesterday, apologies if it did - you can ignore it if it did - and that is, I think it was yesterday at the UN Security Council there was some talk and discussion about using drones in Congo --

MS. NULAND: Mm-hmm.

QUESTION: -- and the fact that the UN mission there wants them. Does the U.S. have a position on this, or are you willing to lend them some, if they so wish?

MS. NULAND: We do. First of all, let me just say that at the end of his trip David Hale will - he's going to end up back in Amman where he's going to see Quartet and envoys. I bungled that --

QUESTION: (Inaudible.)

MS. NULAND: That's on - that's tomorrow. On Thursday.

QUESTION: There's a Quartet meeting in Amman?

MS. NULAND: In Amman.

QUESTION: Envoy meeting.

MS. NULAND: Envoy meeting at the David Hale level.

So, on the drone issue --

QUESTION: Still on --

MS. NULAND: Sorry?

QUESTION: (Inaudible) the Quartet?

MS. NULAND: Sorry?

QUESTION: Tomorrow in Amman?


MS. NULAND: Tomorrow in Amman. So I bungled this six-ways from Sunday.

We started in Jerusalem, we went to Amman, now he's in Cairo, and then he goes back to Amman for Quartet tomorrow.

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