Secretary LaHood On Americans’ Exit From Egypt: ‘Looking Forward To My Son’s Arrival In The U.S.’

Nine American democracy activists left a Cairo airport today after travel bans associated with charges against them were lifted by the Egyptian government. Among them was the pro-democracy group International Republican Institute’s Cairo office chief Sam LaHood, son of U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. “I’m pleased the court has lifted the travel ban and am looking forward to my son’s arrival in the U.S.,” the elder LaHood said in a statement. The prosecution of the activists — 15 foreigners in total — under a little-enforced ban on NGOs receiving foreign aid strained U.S.-Egyptian relations, and a State Department spokesperson noted after the release that no decision has been made yet on continuing about $1.3 billion in U.S. aid to Egypt.