Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (C) speaks to William Burns, Director of the US Central Intelligence Agency, during a meeting in Cairo on Sunday, 15 August 2021 (Photo courtesy of the Egyptian presidency)
Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has stressed Egypt’s interest in strengthening and supporting cooperation with the United States in various fields, especially at the security and intelligence levels in light of the spread of the threat of terrorism and extremism.
El-Sisi made the comments during a meeting with William Burns, Director of the US Central Intelligence Agency, in Cairo on Sunday. The meeting was attended by Abbas Kamel, The head of Egypt's General Intelligence Service (GIS), and US Ambassador in Cairo Jonathan Cohen.
The two sides tackled means of enhancing security and intelligence cooperation between the two countries on various related issues, the Egyptian presidecy's spokesman Bassam Rady said.
They also exchanged views on developments related to a number of regional issues of mutual interest, including tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Developments in Afghanistan and the Palestinian issue, the dispute caused by the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), and the crisis in Libya were tackled during the meeting.
Burns expressed his country’s pride in the "constructive" cooperation and "inextricable" relations with Egypt, Rady added.
He stressed the US Keenness on the continued coordination with Egypt regarding various challenges, especially in light of developments in the Middle East, the Eastern Mediterranean and Africa.
He also hailed the Egyptian president's efforts meant to strengthen security and stability in the region, a matter that he said has consolidated Egypt's role as a balancing axis for regional security.