Published January 30, 2013
BERLIN – Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi is making a brief visit to Germany amid turmoil at home and mounting concern abroad over the country's direction under the Islamist leader.
Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed Morsi to her office Wednesday as he started his one-day visit. The president has shortened the trip, which originally was supposed to take him to France as well.
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle told ARD television that "strategic patience" is needed with Egypt, which he said is "the key country" for the success of change in the Arab world. But he said aid to the country depends on democratic progress.
Morsi took power as Egypt's first freely elected leader seven months ago. He has pushed through an Islamist-backed constitution but hasn't produced a program to salvage a crumbling economy.