Report: Clinton will be first foreign official to visit new Egyptian president

The site is quoting officials at Cairo's airport for the report. A State Department spokeswoman said the department had nothing to announce at the moment but that Clinton "does look forward to a chance to go and consult with the new government at an appropriate moment."


Clinton, joined by several other U.S. officials, is expected to discuss the future of U.S.-Egyptian relations, the Egypt-Israel peace treaty, and urge respect for the religious rights of Coptic Christians, according to Al-Ahram, which is majority-owned by the Egyptian government.

The Washington Post, citing an unnamed senior administration official, reported Tuesday that "U.S. officials hope to make a strong impression on Morsi, 60, during an upcoming visit by a senior administration official to Cairo." 

President Obama called Morsi, the candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood, to congratulate him on Sunday. Egypt has been a key U.S. ally in the volatile Middle East for decades and early indications are that Congress and the White House want to continue sending $1.5 billion in military and economic aid to the transitioning country amid hopes that the new government will continue to respect its peace treaty with Israel and respect minority and religious rights.

Clinton is currently on a four-day trip to Finland, Latvia and Russia, where she is expected to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday evening. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Clinton would not be visiting Egypt during the current trip.

She said nothing had been planned yet in terms of having Morsi visit the White House, either.

"I think we need to let President-elect Morsi get himself inaugurated, pull his government together," she said, according to a transcript of her daily briefing. "As we said, we look forward to a chance to continue to interact there going forward, but I don’t have anything to announce on Washington visits."

This story was updated at 1:08 and 2:40 p.m.