Senior State Dept. official heading to Egypt

July 14, 2013 - 10:35 AM
Mideast Egypt

A supporter of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi poses with a paper mask of Morsi as he and others face the Egyptian military soldiers near the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, July 13, 2013. Tens of thousands of Islamists rallied Friday in cities across Egypt, vowing to sustain for months their campaign to restore deposed President Mohammed Morsi to power. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is sending a senior envoy to Egypt, the first to be dispatched since the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi.

The State Department said its No. 2 diplomat, Deputy Secretary Bill Burns, is slated to meet with interim government officials as well as civil society and business leaders during his two-day visit, which began Sunday.

The State Department said in a statement Sunday that Burns would underscore U.S. support for the Egyptian people, an end to all violence and a transition leading to an inclusive, democratically elected civilian government.

The Egyptian military forced Morsi from power July 3 following days of massive demonstrations against the country's democratically elected president. He is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, and its members are demanding his reinstatement.