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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry

National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice met today at the White House with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.  Ambassador Rice reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to the strategic partnership with Egypt and offered condolences to the Egyptian government and people on recent terrorist attacks, including the murders of Egyptian security personnel and civilians in the Sinai Peninsula and twenty-one Egyptian Coptic Christians at the hands of ISIL-affiliated terrorists in Libya.  She emphasized the importance of U.S.-Egyptian cooperation to help the Libyan people address threats from terrorism and to promote a unified Libyan government that can represent the aspirations of all Libyans.  Ambassador Rice also conveyed continuing U.S. concerns about human rights and the environment for political participation in Egypt.