Egypt's relations with the United States are "unsettled" as the country struggles to redefine its national interests vis-à-vis other countries, the foreign minister said.
The U.S. was a close ally of Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's longtime authoritarian ruler who was ousted in an uprising in early 2011. America counted on him to keep the peace with Israel and as a bulwark against the rise of Islamic fundamentalists in the Mideast.
Relations were less cozy with the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, which then rose to power through democratic elections. Then the Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi was ousted from the presidency on July 3 for failing to form an inclusive government.