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Hagel calls Egypt’s defense minister, refuses to disclose details

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel spoke with his Egyptian counterpart, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, twice in the past week, said the Pentagon.

However, the Pentagon’s press secretary, George Little, refused to disclose any details about the content of the phone conversations. He reiterated that the U.S. was committed to democracy in Egypt and said that he hopes the political crisis can be resolved peacefully.

The statements follows the Egyptian military’s decision to tighten control of key institutions in the country, ahead of an almost certain push to topple Islamist President Mohammed Mursi.

Little also said that the Pentagon did not previously announce last week’s phone calls due to the sensitive situation in Egypt.

“I think you can understand the sensitivities of this situation and that’s in essence the bottom line,” he said. “We made a decision to acknowledge the phone call and that’s where we are.”

(With AFP, AP)

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