Top Egyptian and United States navies officials discussed on Tuesday maximizing Cairo’s participation in the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) to commensurate to its pivotal role as a powerful force for the region.
According to an official statement, the Egyptian armed forces said its navy’s commander, Lieutenant General Ahmed Khaled, met with Vice Admiral Samuel Paparo, Commander US Naval Forces Central Command, US 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces in Alexandria’s Ras Al-Tin Naval Base.
They discussed coordinating efforts on means to combat common challenges and threats to the security and stability of the region.
The Egyptian official praised the development of joint military cooperation relations between the navies of both countries, especially in the technical fields and the exchange of expertise in maritime security operations, cybersecurity and joint trainings.
Paparo affirmed his country’s keenness on increasing the aspects of naval cooperation with Egypt through the expansion of joint trainings, adding that Egypt is key to peace and security in the Middle East.