Ambassador Rice: Egypt must release Americans

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice is seen on a television monitor as she speaks to reporters after the Security Council voted on a resolution backing an Arab League peace plan that calls for Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice is seen on a television monitor as she speaks to reporters after the Security Council voted on a resolution backing an Arab League peace plan that calls for Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is keeping up the Obama administration's pressure on Egypt to release 19 Americans facing trial on allegations of encouraging unrest in the country.

Susan Rice tells the "CBS This Morning" show the U.S. citizens involved in the dispute have been working with efforts to build a more democratic society and "have done absolutely nothing wrong."

Her statement comes in the wake of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's warning Saturday that Egypt could face a cutoff of U.S. financial aid because of the problem.

Rice said Washington has been talking to Cairo constantly, including "in the last days and hours." She said the situation "has serious consequences for our bilateral relationship."

Associated Press
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