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Greek Foreign Minister Venizelos visits Cairo

Greek Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos is visiting Cairo on Thursday for a series of meetings with top Egyptian officials.

During the visit, Venizelos, who is also the government’s vice president, is set to meet Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour, Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy, Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby and Patriarch Theodore II of Alexandria.

Venizelos is expected to discuss developments following the military’s removal of former President Mohamed Morsi.

In his first interview since he took office, Mansour Wednesday said that Egypt was “moving towards democracy” and that the country’s was sticking to a military-backed road map for transition after the July 3 coup.

But the situation remains extremely tense. Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim survived an assassination attempt unhurt on Thursday when a remote-controlled bomb blew up as his convoy drove through Cairo’s Nasr City district, security officials said.