(CAIRO) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Egypt on Saturday and urged political leaders to come to a political consensus.
Kerry is on his first overseas trip since being named secretary of state. The trip will take Kerry to 11 countries in Europe and the Middle East, according to the BBC.
Kerry’s Egypt visit comes before the upcoming parliamentary elections that opposition leaders say favor allies of current Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. The main opposition group has planned a boycott of the elections.
According to the BBC, Kerry will speak with Morsi and other senior government officials during his two days in Egypt. Kerry also plans on meeting with some of the opposition leaders, however some have thus far refused to attend.
Egypt remains divided between the ruling Muslim Brotherhood and the more secular challengers.
Egypt has been the site of continuing protests against the ruling party since the revolution that forced former President Hosni Mubarak from power.
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