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CAIRO (AFP) – U.S. Middle East envoy William Burns will arrive in Cairo on Friday night, a senior Egyptian official said, as international efforts to resolve Egypt’s political crisis ramp up.

“Burns is arriving tonight. He will meet with foreign minister Nabil Fahmy tomorrow,” the source told AFP.

Burns, the under secretary of state for the Middle East, has already visited Egypt once since the July 3 ouster of president Mohamed Morsi.

His latest trip comes after E.U. foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton visited in a bid to mediate a peaceful solution to the stand-off between Morsi supporters and the army-installed interim government.

EU Middle East envoy Bernardino Leon and German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle have also held talks in Cairo this week to urge both sides to reach a compromise.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sparked an uproar among Morsi supporters on Thursday after saying the military was “restoring democracy” when it deposed the the Islamist president.

Photo Credit: AFP/Fayez Nureldine

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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