CAIRO: Egyptian Defense Minister Col. Gen. Sedki Sobhi met Friday with a visiting U.S. congressional delegation led by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), the ranking member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Youm7 reported Friday.
The two sides exchanged views on the latest developments in the region and their impacts on maintaining peace, security and stability in African and the Middle East. They also discussed a number of issues of mutual concern regarding Egypt-U.S. military cooperation.
The meeting was also attended by Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Hegazy, the chief of staff of the Egyptian armed forces, and a number of high ranking commanders of the Egyptian armed forces.
In related news, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met Thursday with a delegation of the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus including Johnson, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-New Jersey), Rep. Andre Carson (D-Indiana) and several congressional aides at the presidential headquarters in Heliopolis. The meeting was also attended by Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and the U.S. Embassy’s acting Deputy Chief of Mission, David J. Ranz.
Sisi in the meeting discussed developments in Egypt over the last three years and the 2013 Roadmap, presidential spokesman Ehab Badawi said in a Thursday statement.
According to Badawi’s statement, Sisi’s talks with the delegation also touched on education and health conditions in Egypt, and Sisi pointed out that the current government is facing long-accumulated political and economic challenges that have impacted the State’s ability to meet the needs of its citizens.
U.S.-Egyptian relations have been strained following the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi, with the U.S. initially condemning the military-led ouster of Egypt’s first democratically elected president in July 2013.
Additional Reporting by Mohamed al Gali and Mohamed Ahmed Tantawi.