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Hillary Clinton meets Egypt military leader

  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has met with the head of Egypt's top military council, Field Marshal Mohamad Hussein Tantawi on the second day of her visit to the country.

    The two discussed the transition of power to newly elected President Mohammed Morsi.

    Morsi and the military have been embroiled in a row over parliament's dissolution.

    The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (Scaf) shut down the chamber, dominated by Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood party, before he was sworn in last month.

    Morsi, whom Clinton met on Saturday, was also stripped of many of his powers.

    According to U.S. officials, Clinton stressed to Tantawi the need to protect the rights of all Egyptians.

    She also praised Egypt's military council for its interim leadership, "for representing the Egyptian people in the revolution as compared to what we are seeing in Syria which is the military murdering their own people".