Egyptian military stand guard as officials raid a nongovernmental organization’s offices in Cairo on Thursday.
After the U.S. hinted at the possibility of changing plans for providing military aid to Egypt, the newly revolutionized North African nation pledged Friday to put an end to the recent raids on nongovernmental organizations that made headlines the day before, according to the BBC.
On Friday, Mr Panetta and the US ambassador to Egypt, Anne Patterson, spoke to top Egyptian officials including military ruler Field Marshall Mohamed Tantawi, the US state department said.
“The ambassador has sought and received Egyptian leadership assurances that the raids will cease and property will be returned immediately,” spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in emailed comments.
“She has also made clear that we expect all international NGOs, including those that receive US government support, be able to return to normal operations as soon as possible in support of the democratic transition underway in Egypt.”