Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (Reuters)
Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met with the commander of the United States' Central Command, General Joseph Votel, in Cairo on Friday, and discussed the strategic relationship between the two countries as well as regional affairs.
El-Sisi stressed the strategic relationship between Egypt and the United States, adding that it is Egypt's wish to increase cooperation between the two countries, according to Al-Ahram Arabic website.
The president stressed that the challenges and disturbances facing the Middle East at the current moment require increased coordination and cooperation between Egypt and the United States.
For his part, Votel acknowledged Egypt's pivotal role in the region as a pillar of peace and stability, Al-Ahram reported.
The American general also praised Egypt’s efforts towards democratic change and economic development.
Also attending the meeting were Egypt's Defence Minister Sedky Sobhi and the American Ambassador to Cairo Stephen Beecroft.
The United States gives $1.3 billion in military aid to Egypt every year and $150 million in economic assistance.