Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi received on Sunday in Cairo Oregon State Democratic Senator Ron Wyden to discuss Egyptian-US relations.
The meeting was attended by Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and head of the General Intelligence Service Abbas Kamel.
The Egyptian president highlighted the long-standing relations between Egypt and the United States and Egypt's keenness to strengthen these relations on all levels within the framework of mutual respect and common interest, especially in light of the turbulent situation in the region and the rising threat of terrorism.
The president affirmed his keenness to maintain constant communication with the leaders of the US Congress in the framework of coordination and consultation between the two countries on various issues of common concern.
He also reviewed Egypt's efforts in the field of combating terrorism and extremism, as well as the steps taken internally to reform the economy and achieve sustainable development and Egypt's and efforts to reach political settlements to the existing crises in the region.
Senator Wyden expressed appreciation for the level of cooperation between the two countries, pointing out that Egypt is a pillar of security in the region and praising its role in maintaining stability and strengthening the bases of peace in the Middle East.
Wyden also said that Egypt is a pivotal strategic partner of the US in the region.
Egypt’s presidential spokesperson Bassam Rady added that the meeting touched upon the ongoing developments in the region, especially Libya and Syria.
The president warned of the dangers threatening national states in the region, stressing that the political settlement of crises must be carried out in parallel with the fight against terrorist organisations in the region.
The meeting also tackled the latest developments in the Palestinian issue, with El-Sisi affirming Egypt's position on reaching a just and comprehensive solution that preserves the rights of the Palestinian people and establishes an independent Palestinian state in accordance with international legitimacy.