Egypt Minister of Defence Sobhi holds talks with head of US military intelligence

Ahram Online , Sunday 12 Jun 2016

The talked centred on military cooperation between the two countries

Sobhi and Stewart
Egypt's defense minister Sedqi Sobhi (Right) and U.S military's Defense Intelligence Authority Vincent Stewart (Left) meeting in Cairo on Sunday (Photo: Al Ahram)

Egypt's Minister of Defence Sedqi Sobhi held talks Sunday with Vincent Stewart, head of the US military's Defense Intelligence Authority (DIA) in Cairo, discussing military cooperation between the two countries.

Stewart, who is head of an official military delegation, also met with Egypt's military chief of staff Mahmoud Hegazy, tackling issues of bilateral security cooperation and exchanging military expertise.

The talks were attended by Stephan Beecfort, the US ambassador to Egypt, and other Egyptian military commanders.

The US provides Egypt with annual military aid worth $1.3 billion. In October 2013, the United States announced the suspension of its aid to Egypt in protest at the government's crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood supporters following the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi in July the same year.

In March 2015, the Obama administration resumed US aid to Cairo despite its continuing criticism and "concerns" over Egypt's human rights record.

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