U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton listens during a news conference in Riga, Latvia.
U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton listens during a news conference in Riga, during a one-day visit to Latvia, June 28, 2012. Photo by Reuters
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will arrive in Egypt later Saturday for talks with the country's new president - the country's first ever under free elections.

Her talks with Mohammed Morsi, part of a two-day visit, are expected to concentrate on democratic transition and economic development.

Clinton will also meet with senior government officials, civil society, and business leaders in Cairo, as well as the country's second city Alexandria. Religious freedoms and minority rights are also on her agenda.

Activists said online that a protest was planned in front of the U.S. embassy in Cairo on Saturday to protest U.S. foreign policy and the so-called "U.S.-Islamist alliance" permitting more American interference in Egyptians' national affairs.

Since he officially took office earlier this month, Morsi has been caught in a power struggle with the military council, which ruled the country for around 16 months following the ouster of Hosni Mubarak last year.

The tension peaked as Morsi tried to reinstate a parliament dissolved by the judiciary and the military. The parliament was dominated by Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group, and other Islamist allies.

The U.S. has been a long-time ally of Egypt, with 1.5 billion dollars of aid annually to Cairo, most of which goes to the military.