CAIRO: Egypt and the U.S. will hold a bilateral “strategic dialogue” on 28-29 June in Cairo, said the Egyptian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Badr Abde Atty in a statement Tuesday.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry Monday, discussing preparation for the dialogue, Abdel Atty added.
The phone call tackled a number of regional issues, particularly “global counterterrorism,” Palestinian-Israeli stalled peace talks, Libya’s security and political turmoil, and the Syrian crisis, Atty noted.
The call coincided with the delivery of two U.S. missile crafts, worth $ 1.1 billion, to the Egyptian navy to double its fleet with that kind of missiles to four, said the U.S. embassy in Cairo in a Monday statement.
“The Fast Missile Craft directly supports maritime and regional security, which includes protecting vital waterways such as the Suez Canal and the Red Sea. This delivery is a sign of America’s ongoing commitment to Egypt and to our shared security interests in Egypt and the region,” U.S. Embassy Senior Defense Official in Cairo Major General Charles Hooper was quoted in the statement.
Relations between both countries soured when the U.S. partially suspended its annual $1.5-billion aid, following the 2013 dispersal of the pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins that demanded the reinstatement of President Mohamed Morsi’s.
Later in April 2014, relations improved when the Pentagon announced that the suspended aid would be released. In November 2014, Egypt received the suspended 10 Apache fighter jets.