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Egypt's military chief of staff heads to US for military cooperation talks

Ahram Online , Monday 23 May 2016
File Photo: Egypt's chief of staff Mahmoud Hegazy heading to the United Arab Emirates on Saturday May 9, 2015 (Photo: Courtesy of Egyptian military spokesperson Mohamed Samir)
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Egypt's military chief of staff Lieutenant General Mahmoud Hegazy flew to the United States in an official visit that is set to last for a few days, Egypt's military spokesman said in an official statement.

Hegazy's visit comes upon an invitation from the US's Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; where both sides are set to hold discussions on military cooperation between the armed forces of both countries.

Egypt and the US have been maintaining a resilient relationship through continued military relations during Egypt's fight against terrorism.

The Egyptian chief of staff's visit comes two weeks after the US delivered an initial shipment of mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) to Egypt, which was described by the US as "a crucial capability needed during these times of regional instability and part of the continuing strong relationship between the US and Egypt.”

The batch, delivered in May, is the first batch of a total 762 MRAP vehicles that the United States will transfer to Egypt at no-cost to the Egyptian government under the US Department of Defence's Excess Defence Articles grant program

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