Rep. Dreier back in Egypt to observe historic elections
By Julian Pecquet - 05/21/12 06:15 PM EDT
“While there is a great deal of uncertainty in Egypt at this time, what I saw as a witness of the parliamentary elections is that the Egyptian people want and deserve the opportunity to choose their leaders and return to democratic, civilian rule,” he said in a statement. “I am here in Cairo once again simply to witness what takes place and offer support for a fair, open and transparent process.”
Dreier is the sponsor of a bipartisan resolution calling for negotiations of an Egypt-U.S. free trade agreement. The proposal is a priority of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
“Such a partnership would spur growth in both countries, providing the resources to support Egypt's democratic development while creating new opportunities for Americans as well,” Dreier said Monday. “Greater economic engagement will be key to ensuring a positive path forward for Egypt during this time of political transition.”