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Egypt's FM in 3-day visit to US for international, regional talks

Shoukry is scheduled to meet with top US officials to discuss several regional and international issues

Ahram Online , Sunday 7 Feb 2016
Sameh Shoukry
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (Reuters)
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Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry traveled early Sunday to Washington for three days for regional and international talks with top US officials, a statement by the Egyptian FM read.

The statement read that Shoukry's three day visit will witness meetings with US Secretary of State John Kerry, US security advisor Susan Rice, along with a number of congressmen.

Shoukry will also meet with heads and members of intelligence committees, the military, and the Senate during his trip.

This is the first visit by Shoukry to the US since the election of the House of Representatives, the last step in Egypt’s political roadmap.

Yet this is not Shoukry's first visit to the US. His latest was in June when he held "strategic dialogue” with his counterpart Kerry.

Cairo and Washington are long-time allies but relations soured following the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

Tensions have now eased, with the US resuming its $1.3 billion in annual military aid to Cairo in March 2015, having partly suspended it in the aftermath of the ouster.

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