Aug. 6 - Two high-ranking U.S. Senate Republicans plead with Egyptians to establish dialogue and not resort to further violence. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (no reporter narration) STORY: Two senior U.S. senators visiting Cairo urged both sides in Egypt's political crisis to start a national dialogue and avoid violence amid intensifying diplomatic efforts to resolve the bloody stand-off. Republicans Lindsey Graham and John McCain, dispatched by U.S. President Barack Obama to help resolve the crisis sparked by the army's overthrow of elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi last month, also called for the release of political prisoners. After talks with Egypt's new rulers and civil society, they told a news conference it would wrong to cut off U.S. military assistance to Egypt, worth some $1.5 billion a year, in reaction to Mursi's removal, despite a U.S. law that mandates suspending aid in case of coup. "Cutting off aid would be the wrong signal at the wrong time," McCain said.