United States Air Forces Central Command (USAFCENT) commander Lieutenant General Charles Q Brown Jr. met the Egyptian Air Force’s commander-in-chief Air Marshal Younes Hamed in Cairo during a two-day visit to Egypt, the US embassy in Cairo has announced.
According to a Wednesday statement by the US embassy, Lt Gen Brown arrived in Egypt on Monday. USAFCENT is the air component of the United States Central Command responsible for US air operations across 20 countries in South West Asia and the Middle East.
The Lieutenant General and Air Marshal Younes Hamed discussed Egypt’s vital role as a force for regional stability and the “importance of a prosperous, stable, democratic Egypt as a bulwark against terrorism”, the statement added. The two commanders also discussed military cooperation between their countries.
"Our military-military collaboration is an important part of the wide-ranging engagement we enjoy together," said Lt Gen Brown in the statement, adding that he was reaffirming “the United States’ steadfast support for Egypt in its fight against terrorism in the Sinai and throughout the country”.
This was Brown’s first visit to Egypt since assuming leadership of USAFCENT in June 2015.
The US delivered eight F-16 airplanes at the end of July, with four more expected to be delivered in the autumn. It also delivered M1A1 Abrams tank turrets to Egypt in August.
Both deliveries are part of the $1.3 billion in military aid that the US provides Egypt annually.