May 14 - Former Egyptian army chief and frontrunner in presidential race Abdel-Fatteh al-Sisi tells Reuters the U.S. relationship with Egypt is sound as he hopes for better times ahead. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi is widely expected to win Egypt's Presidential election. After three years of turmoil he's appealing to the public's desire for security and stability. He tells Reuters he wants better times ahead for Egypt. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EGYPTIAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, ABDEL-FATTAH AL-SISI, SAYING: "I love my country and my own people. I want to serve them by... to ensure democracy, freedom, rule of law and a better lifestyle." He says that Egypt's relationship with the U.S. is sound. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) EGYPTIAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, ABDEL-FATTAH AL-SISI, SAYING: "Our relations with the United States are strategic and stable, and it does not mean that just because sometimes we have some confusion then we won't be able to continue in the way we have before. This is a stable relationship." He adds that America needs to provide Egypt with resources. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) EGYPTIAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, ABDEL-FATTAH AL-SISI, SAYING: "There is military equipment that we need America to provide us with. And I think this matter must now be reviewed and re-engaged with, within a very short time." Sisi shot to prominence after he ousted elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi last summer following mass protests against Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood. A wave of nationalism has kept him in the spotlight ever since. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) EGYPTIAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, ABDEL-FATTAH AL-SISI, SAYING: "They lost their connection with Egyptians, and they lost the sympathy of Egyptians, most Egyptians. And this is something you will also have to recognize. The unjustified violence that they have directed against Egyptians has not only lost them all sympathy but also lost them the opportunity to truly reconcile with society. This is the reality we are talking about." Egyptians will cast their votes in two weeks -- with most polls putting Sisi firmly in the lead.