Egypt lifts travel ban on seven US pro-democracy campaigners

Decision to allow Americans accused of fomenting unrest to leave Egypt eases crisis in relations with US

Egyptian officials say a travel ban on seven Americans employed by pro-democracy US groups has been lifted.

The decision appeared to signal the end of the worst crisis in relations between Egypt and the US in 30 years.

The seven are among 16 Americans who are on trial along with 27 others accused of using illegally obtained funds to foment unrest in Egypt and incite protests against the nation’s military rulers. The trial opened on Sunday and was adjourned until 26 April.

None of the 16 Americans were in court on Sunday. Only the seven affected by the travel ban are still in Egypt.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case.

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