15 Jul 2012

Clinton meets Egyptian president

1:38 pm on 15 July 2012

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has reaffirmed Washington's support for a full transition to civilian rule in Egypt following her first meeting with the country's new president.

President Mohammed Mursi has become embroiled in a constitutional crisis after trying to reinstate a parliament dissolved by Egypt's judiciary and the military.

Mr Mursi, of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, was elected in June in the country's first freely contested leadership vote.

Mrs Clinton has backed the president saying Egyptians should get the government they voted for, the BBC reports.

After the meeting, Mrs Clinton said Washington wants a good partnership with Egypt and they have begun a constructive dialogue.

Mrs Clinton is also due to meet civic groups and the leader of the military council that assumed power after the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak as president last year.