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Meanwhile, Pentagon press secretary George Little said Monday that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel talked to Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi four times over the weekend in “lengthy and very candid” conversations.

“It’s our belief that it’s important to maintain open lines of communication with the Egyptian military during this period, again to signal the administration’s support for steps that reduce provocations, reduce violence and move Egypt toward a transition that emphasizes democracy and civilian authority,” Mr. Little said.

Three days of massive anti-Morsi protests ended Wednesday with the military’s ouster of Mr. Morsi, who took office in June 2012. Millions of protesters had packed Cairo’s Tahrir Square accusing him of consolidating his power, undermining state institutions, and ignoring the economy and security.

The military also suspended the Islamist-drafted constitution as it called for early elections.

Mr. Maher said the April 6 Youth Movement was meeting with “friends in the Muslim Brotherhood” and the Nour Party to try to “reach a solution on how to speed up the political process.”

• Kristina Wong contributed to this report.