Kerry pays surprise visit to Egypt, will meet Sisi

  • AFP, Cairo, Egypt
  • Updated: Jun 22, 2014 14:19 IST

Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Egypt on Sunday on a surprise visit, becoming the highest-ranking US official to visit since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi came to power.

Kerry was to meet Sisi during a lightning trip to press the former army chief to address fears of a crackdown on dissent, warning Washington was concerned about Cairo's "polarising tactics".

A government crackdown has left more than 1,400 people dead and seen at least 15,000 jailed since the military ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

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