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Egypt's Sisi meets with CEO of defence contractor Lockheed Martin

Lockheed is the maker of the F-16, F-22 and F-35 fighter jets as well as warships and other arms systems

Ahram Online , Thursday 12 Nov 2015
Sisi with Marillyn Hewson
A handout photo from the Egyptian Presidency of Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (R) talks during a meeting with the CEO of top US defence contractor Lockheed Martin, Marillyn Hewson, in Cairo (Photo: Egyptian Presidency)
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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met the CEO of top US defence contractor Lockheed Martin, Marillyn Hewson, in Cairo on Thursday.

Presidential spokesman Alaa Youssef said in a statement that El-Sisi had praised the current cooperation with the company, which has provided Egypt with a number of F-16 fighter jets. 

The world's largest defence contractor, Lockheed Martin manufacters the F-16, F-22 and F-35 fighter jets as well as warships and other multibillion-dollar arms systems sold worldwide.

"El-Sisi is hoping for a continued cooperation in the framework of Egypt's keenness on reinforcing its security and stability, especially in the light of current regional challenges," the presidential statement read. 

Hewson asserted the importance of Egypt's role in supporting the base of stability and security in the Middle East, especially given its notable role in the international alliance against fighting terrorism, according to the statement.

She said that her corporation is dedicated to continued cooperation with Egypt in all fields, providing Egypt with its needs to achieve security and promote its capabilities.

For the past two years, Egypt has adopted a policy of diversifying its sources of armaments and increased its military cooperation  with several European states, including France,  theUK, and others amid its fight on terrorism in Sinai. 

Troops have been fighting the Islamist insurgency that has left hundreds of army and police personnel in Sinai and across the country.

Last month, Egypt received four F-16 fighter jets from the US, the last batch F-16s which were part of a $3.2 billion military deal that Egypt signed with the US in 2009. 

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Sam Enslow
12-11-2015 06:59pm
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Insults and Cooperation
It will be the American taxpayer who will pay for any cooperation between Lockheed Martin and Egypt. President Sisi praises this cooperation while his foreign minister and Egyptian media go out of their way to insult the US and ascribe every evil motive for its actions and claims the US wants a weak Egypt. Cooperation is a two way street as is respect. Soon the taxpayers will tire of the Egyptian attacks and withdraw the money for the arms - not because they want a weak Egypt but because they are tired of the constant bad mouthing from Egypt.
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Al, Masri
12-11-2015 05:40pm
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Priorities …
When will the president meet with the CEO’s of Agriculture, Energy, Infrastructure, and Education, and Technology companies? Are we so addicted to jet fuel that no amount of rehab would open our eyes to the economic disaster our country is heading into!
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Egypt
13-11-2015 04:15pm
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We are becoming the "Army Republic of Egypt" not the Arab Republic of Egypt; let's hope the President still cares about the latter!
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