CAIRO: Commander of U.S. Air Forces Central Command Charles Q. Brown has paid Egypt a two-day visit to discuss the bilateral relations and anti-terrorism efforts, according to a statement from U.S. embassy in Cairo Wednesday.
Brown arrived in Cairo Monday and met with Commander of the Egyptian Air Force Younnes Al-Sayed Hamed Al-Masry, discussing the “commitment of the United States to the future of Egypt and to regional stability,” the statement said.
“We value the relationship between our two countries […] and our military-military collaboration is an important part of the wide-ranging engagement we enjoy together. On this, my first, visit to Egypt in my role as Commander of the U.S. Air Forces Central Command, I also want to reaffirm United States’ steadfast support for Egypt in its fight against terrorism in the Sinai and throughout the country,” Brown was quoted as saying in the statement.
The U.S. delivered five M1A1 Abrams Tank turrets to Cairo East Air Base on July 31; and it sent eight F-16 Block 52 aircraft to Cairo West Air Base in July 30 and 31.
Two U.S. missile crafts, worth $ 1.1 billion, were sent to the Egyptian navy in June to double its missile craft fleet to four.
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. However, in April 2014, relations improved when the Pentagon announced that the suspended aid would be released. In November 2014, Egypt received 10 Apache fighter jets.
Brown’s visit came following President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi visit to Moscow on Aug. 26 to attend the Russian Victory Day. Sisi and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin agreed to cooperate on combating terrorism in North Sinai.
Egypt has asked for Russian Kamov Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters, Russian Sputnik reported Monday. Ka-52 Alligator was designed to destroy tanks and ground targets, according to Russian Helicopters.