McCain: Detainments Could Harm US-Egypt Relations

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A delegation of U.S. senators will be meeting with military leaders in Egypt Monday to discuss the case of the 19 Americans facing charges of trying to foment unrest in the North African country.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., accompanied by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., said the group will explain the serious implications these detainments could have on U.S.-Egyptian relations.

They won't, however, try to negotiate a release.

The situation has led some members of Congress to call for an end to U.S. aid to Egypt. But McCain said it's important for the two countries to remain friends.

"Egypt is changing. It is true, and as such, the nature of America's partnership with Egypt is also changing," McCain told a room full of U.S. and Egyptian businessmen.

"But ... we must remain the strongest of friends, politically, economically, and militarily," he added.

"We must maintain and strengthen the key pillars of that partnership, especially our commercial and trading relationship, and where the people of Egypt and their newly elected government make the right decisions about the policies that will shape their sovereign nation's future," he said. "We must be here to reinforce and support them."

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