WASHINGTON - Egyptian officials have assured the United
States they will halt raids on pro-democracy and human
rights groups and return property seized in a crackdown that
strained ties with Washington, a senior US official said on
The US ambassador in Egypt, Anne Patterson, spoke again with
top Egyptian officials including members of the Supreme
Council of the Armed Forces on Friday to press US demands
that the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) be allowed to
resume normal operations, the official said.
"The ambassador has sought and received Egyptian leadership
assurances that the raids will cease and property will be
returned immediately," the official said, speaking on
condition of anonymity.
The United States reacted sharply on Thursday after Egyptian
police raided the offices of 17 non-governmental groups,
including several that receive US backing, and hinted