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US says relationship with Egypt 'strong' despite Sisi's Russia visit

El-Sisi's recent meeting with Vladimir Putin on Tuesday did not draw US concern

Ahram Online, Wednesday 13 Aug 2014
Spokesperson Marie Harf
US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf (Photo: AP)
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"Egypt is free to have relationships with whoever it wants," US State Department deputy spokesperson, Marie Harf said on Tuesday, in a comment on President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's visit to Russia.  

Egypt's El-Sisi met with Vladimir Putin early Tuesday in Russia's Sochi, where they discussed plans of enhancing bilateral relationships and a plan for renewing and developing projects previously established by the Soviet Union.

In a State Department press briefing, Harf called US relations with Egypt 'strong and strategic'.

Harf added that the two countries' relationship is based on ‘unique capabilities’ in both security as well as aspects of economic reform.

The Egyptian-American relationship has been patchy since the ouster of Egypt's president Mohamed Morsi in July of last year.

Although the US temporarily suspended its aid to Egypt in October of last year, it unfroze part of its military aid following President Sisi's election in June. 

Other parts of US aid are yet to be released.

Egypt resumed its relationship with Russia after it had soured following Anwar Sadat's peace treaty with Israel in 1979, bringing in some $1.3 billion in annual US military aid.

Currently, Egypt is in talks with Russia to close on a LE21 billion ($3 billion) weapons agreement.

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Allen
13-08-2014 04:39pm
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Strong despite President Sisi's Russia visit?.. Or strong despite the White House incompetence??
Keep on sending Senators, Congressmen, and so called human rights agitators with their dire concerns about terrorists and Ms Harf won't be singing the same tune. When a former insider AND hard core liberal Clinton is publicly chastising the White House, you know things are out of control, and every one knows it.
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Aladdin, Egypt
13-08-2014 03:35pm
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Unreasonable Remarks
I am glad to know you are thinking rational.
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