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Pelosi: US-Egypt relations strong despite NGO spat

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CAIRO (AP) -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says U.S.-Egypt ties remain strong after a spat over democracy groups led to the worst tension in relations between the longtime allies in years.

Pelosi is leading a congressional delegation to Cairo. They met Thursday with the head of Egypt's ruling military council, and lawmakers.

Relations between Egypt and the U.S. plunged when Egypt charged 16 Americans working for democracy-building groups with illegal activity.

American lawmakers threatened to cut more than $1.5 billion in aid to Egypt.

The tension was alleviated somewhat when Egypt lifted a travel ban on the Americans, effectively allowing them to avoid trial.

Pelosi said the case will not be a barrier in relations between the two countries.

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