Kerry Seeks Egypt Aid in Battle Against Extremists

September 13, 2014 3:40 PM

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday hailed Egypt is an "important partner" in the emerging coalition aimed at beating back the extremist Islamic State group, while stressing that the need for Cairo's support would not lead Washington to ignore human rights concerns.

During a visit to Cairo, Kerry referred to Egypt as "an intellectual and cultural capital to the Muslim world," saying it has a "critical role" to play in denouncing the harsh ideology of the Islamic State group, which has seized much of northeastern Syria and northern and western Iraq.

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