US House speaker discusses security issues with Egyptian counterpart

Gamal Essam El-Din , Thursday 7 Apr 2016

A Cairo meeting between the speaker of the US House of Representatives and his Egyptian counterpart was attended by a large number of Egyptian MPs

Sisi and Ryan
President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi's meeting with the US congressional delegation and Speaker of US House of Representatives Paul Ryan in Cairo (Photo: Egyptian presidency)

Paul Ryan, the speaker of the US House of Representatives, held his first official meeting with the speaker of Egypt's parliament Ali Abdel-Al on Thursday in Cairo, where they discussed security issues and bilateral cooperation.

The meeting was attended by a delegation from the US Congress and a large number of Egyptian MPs.

The meeting involved discussions about stepping up cooperation between the Egyptian parliament and the US House of Representatives, a statement by the Egyptian parliament said.

The meeting – which was attended by representatives from most political forces in Egypt's parliament, as well as the US ambassador in Cairo – also involved discussions on terrorism and the situation in Libya and Syria.

Parliament speaker Abdel-Al also met with a delegation from the German parliament, the Bundestag.

Earlier Thursday, Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met  Ryan and the US Congressional delegation.

The meeting was attended by the Speaker of Egypt's House of Representatives Ali Abdel Aal and U.S ambassador to Cairo Steven Beercroft.

According to the official statement issued by the Egyptian presidency Thursday afternoon, El-Sisi discussed with Ryan and US congressional delegation the Egyptian-American bilateral relations and the latest regional development including the war on terrorism. 

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