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US, Egypt delegations hold 31st meeting of Military Cooperation Committee in DC: Embassy statement

Ahram Online , Friday 29 Mar 2019
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Senior delegations from the United States and Egypt met on 20 to 22 March in Washington, D.C., for the 31st meeting of the Military Cooperation Committee, a statement by the US embassy in Cairo read.

The delegations discussed "a broad range of defense issues, including "counterterrorism, border and maritime security, security assistance, and security cooperation."

"The MCC is the premier bilateral defence forum for coordinating defense cooperation, identifying shared security objectives, and consulting on a wide array of strategic issues," the statement read.

The statement also highlighted that the "US and Egypt remain committed to a strong bilateral relationship built on common interests and mutual respect." 

According to the statement, the two countries stressed that "the defense relationship has served as one of the key foundations of the broader strategic partnership for nearly forty years, and the MCC reflects the mutual commitment to cooperation and consultation based on shared priorities."

"Specific discussions focused on ways to increase cooperation on counterterrorism and border and maritime security issues. Both sides hailed exercise Bright Star as a pillar of the military-to-military relationship and committed to continuing and expanding these efforts," the statement read.

"US officials also acknowledged the 40th anniversary of the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, which was was signed on 26 March, 1979 in Washington, D.C., and extended appreciation for Egypt’s continued regional leadership."

According to the US embassy, the US delegation was led by Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Kathryn Wheelbarger and the Egyptian delegation was led by Assistant Minister for Defence for International Relations Major General Mohamed Elkeshky.

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