Egypt. Following yesterday’s attack on Egyptian border guards that left at least sixteen dead, President Mohammed Morsi has held an emergency meeting with the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and will travel to Sinai today. Meanwhile, SCAF has vowed to step up efforts to secure the area and root out militants.
Libya. The interim government in Libya will transfer power to the newly elected, 200-member legislative assembly on Wednesday. The assembly, comprising both independent and party seats, will lead the country until a new constitution is written and elections are held.
Syria. Amid continued fighting in Damascus and Aleppo and the reported defection of Syria’s prime minister, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to Turkey next Saturday for bilateral talks on Syria. Among the likely topics of discussion is Iran’s request, as reported by Iranian media, that Turkey and Qatar help secure the release of forty-eight Iranian nationals being held captive by Syrian rebels.