Sisi discusses boosting Egypt-US military cooperation with the head of US Central Command
Marina Barsoum, , Saturday 8 Sep 2018


President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi discussed on Saturday with the Head of the US Central Command Joseph Votel means to boost military cooperation between Egypt and the US, said a statement by the spokesperson of the presidency.

The meeting was attended by Egypt's Minister of Defence General Mohamed Zaki and the US Charge d'Affaires Thomas Goldberger.

The Egyptian President stressed the importance of the growing strategic relations between Egypt and the United States, particularly in the area of military cooperation, the statement read.

El-Sisi also welcomed the launch of the joint training exercises between the two countries, "Bright Star 2018", which are taking place from 8 to 20 September.

The president also praised the recent exchange of experiences in the field of combating terrorism between the two countries.

In this context, El-Sisi discussed with Votel ongoing developments in counter-terrorism efforts on all strategic fronts.

The presidency spokesman added that Votel praised the strength of the military relations between the two countries, stressing his country's keenness to continue to develop and strengthen partnership relations with Egypt in all fields.

Votel also pointed out that "Bright Star 2018" highlights the depth of the military cooperation between the two countries, especially in light of the current conditions in the region, which require concerted efforts to address the challenges that threaten the security and stability of the region and the world.

He also praised Egypt's efforts in combating terrorism and Egypt's role in strengthening regional security and stability.

El-Sisi and Votel also discussed the latest regional developments in light of the crises in a number of countries in the area, the presidency statement added.

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