CAIRO: Egypt’s Military Chief of Staff Mahmoud Hegazi met Sunday with a delegation of the U.S. House of Representatives visiting Cairo, according to a statement from Egypt’s Ministry of Defense.
Both sides talked the latest developments in the region and international and regional efforts against terrorism in light of the bilateral military cooperation, the statement added.
Members of the delegation that was chaired by Congressman Steve Scalise praised Egypt’s role to preserve peace and security in the region, highlighting their country’s support to Egypt’s counter-terrorism efforts, the statement noted.
Hegazi’s talks came a day after the delegation’s meeting with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi who invited the congressmen to participate in observing the parliamentary elections, which will be held in October.
President Sisi welcomed the outcome of the U.S.-Egypt Strategic Dialogue held in August, during which he urged for enhancing cooperation on shared challenges, most importantly terrorism.
The relations between Egypt and U.S. saw a rift following the ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 and the dispersal of the pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins in Rabaa and Nahadah squares in August 2013.
The U.S. has suspended part of economic and military U.S. annual aid package to Egypt; however, 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.