U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has discussed Egypt’s democratic transition with the country’s top general Mohamad Hussein Tantawi.
After the talks Tantawi said the army would keep a role in protecting Egypt but said it respected the presidency.
Clinton also met leading business women and Coptic Christian community figures and stressed the importance of protecting the rights of all Egyptians.
“We support democracy, but democracy has to mean more than just elections. It has to mean that the majority will be protecting the rights of the minority. And here in Egypt we are committed to protecting and advancing the rights of all Egyptians, men and women, Muslim and Christian,” said US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.
The hour-long meeting with Tantawi came a day after Clinton met with Islamist president Mohamed Mursi.
Mursi is the first president not to hail from the military since 1952.