Egypt's defence minister Sedky Sobhi discussed on Saturday in Cairo the latest regional and international developments and common challenges in the region with his US counterpart James Mattis at the headquarters of the Ministry of Defence, Egypt’s Armed Forces said in a statement.
The two officials discussed coordinating efforts in the war on terrorism as well as military cooperation and the exchange of expertise and joint drills between the two countries.
The meeting was attended by Egyptian Army Chief-of-Staff Mohamed Farid Hegazy and acting US ambassador in Cairo Thomas H. Goldberger.
The Egyptian defence minister told Mattis that he appreciates the longstanding partnership and strategic cooperation between the militaries of Egypt and the US, stressing the importance of strengthening military cooperation.
Mattis stressed the depth of the decades-long military relationship between the two countries and their mutual understanding and coordination in different areas.
Mattis also stressed the US’ commitment to continued support for Egypt and its Armed Forces in fighting terrorism and continuing cooperation to achieve peace and stability in the Middle East.
After concluding his visit, Mattis departed Cairo, the statement read.
Mattis is set to visit Jordan where he will participate in the Aqaba Process, a meeting hosted by Jordan’s King Abdullah II on countering violent extremism in West Africa.