updated 11/3/2013 4:27:22 AM ET 2013-11-03T09:27:22

CAIRO (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Cairo for talks with Egypt's army-backed government on Sunday, a day before the country's deposed president goes on trial.

His Cairo visit is the first stop in a nine-day trip to the Middle East, Eastern Europe and North Africa. It comes as Mohamed Mursi - Egypt's first democratically elected president - and 14 other senior figures of the Muslim Brotherhood were due to go on trial on Monday.

Kerry's will visit Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Algeria and Morocco, a tour that appears at least in part aimed at easing concerns over Washington's overtures towards Iran and its position on Syria's civil war.

(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Yara Bayoumy and Robin Pomeroy)

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