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US envoy Tillerson in Egypt at start of Mideast tour

AFP  |  Cairo 

US was expected to meet in today, diplomatic sources said, as he started a tour of the

Tillerson landed in late Sunday and had dinner with his Egyptian counterpart

The was set to talk with Sisi in the early afternoon, after seeing staff of the and a second meeting with Shoukry.

A said Tillerson's talks in would focus on "regional issues of mutual concern such as and Syria, our shared commitment to fighting terrorism", and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"Concerns about human rights and are a topic of continuing conversation with the Egyptians," the added, expecting the topic to be addressed during talks.

Tillerson's visit comes as Sisi, who has been since 2014, looks set to be re-elected next month in polls in which he will face a single opponent.

"On the elections, we support a genuine and a credible electoral process, and we believe should guarantee the right for all citizens to participate freely and fairly," the US State Department said.

"We have noted our concerns about the reports that Egypt's general has launched an investigation into opposition figures ahead of the" March 26 elections, he added.

Tillerson's trip to comes after Vice Mike Pence visited last month to discuss security in the region and the future of US aid to

After Cairo, Tillerson is to head to to take part in a ministerial meeting of the US-led military coalition that has been battling the Islamic State jihadist group in and neighbouring

He is also set to visit to meet and to meet President and

He is then set to head to for discussions with Washington's NATO ally including on the conflict in

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 14:45 IST