CAIRO (AP) — A senior U.S. diplomat is meeting with officials on both sides of Egypt's political divide to try to head off any more bloodshed.
The effort by Deputy Secretary of State William Burns comes as Egypt's Interior Ministry issued a second warning to supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi to abandon their protest encampments. Burns met today with Egypt's interim president and vice president, and is also scheduled to meet with Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and its allies.
Egyptian authorities have outlined plans in recent days to break up the two main sit-ins by Morsi's supporters in a bid to end the political stalemate that has paralyzed the country since the military overthrew the Islamist leader on July 3.
Morsi's backers say they will not disperse until he is returned to power, setting the stage for a potential bloody showdown if security forces move in on the two main sites that are home to tens of thousands of protesters.
079-r-05-(Sound of Morsi supporters chanting slogans against Egypt's military leader, in Arabic, saying "Leave, Leave", marching through the streets of Cairo)--Sound of supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi calling on Egypt's military chief to step down. (3 Aug 2013)
Created: Sat, 03 Aug 2013 01:14:54 EST
Updated: Sat, 03 Aug 2013 01:14:54 EST