McCain says Egyptians tell him they're working to resolve crisis
CAIRO (AP) -- Sen. John McCain says Egyptian officials have told him they are working "diligently" to resolve a crisis that has brought relations between Cairo and Washington to their lowest point in decades.
After a day of meetings with officials in Egypt's capital, the Republican senator said the country's military rulers told him they are working to resolve a criminal case against pro-democracy groups that are based in the United States.
As part of a crackdown, Egyptian authorities have referred 16 Americans and 27 others to trial on charges that include the illegal use of foreign money. The trial is expected to begin next week.
McCain chairs one of the four American groups that have been targeted.
McCain is leading a congressional delegation visiting various countries in the Middle East and in Afghanistan.
He says threats to cut off U.S. aid to Egypt may be counterproductive. U.S. aid now includes an annual $1.3 billion to Egypt's military and about $250 million in economic aid.