F-16 shipment symbol of strong US-Egypt relations: Ambassador
U.S. Ambassador R. Stephen Beecroft - REUTERS
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CAIRO: The delivery of four F-16 jets is a symbol of the cooperation between Egypt and the U.S. in the fight against terror, said Ambassador Stephen Beecroft, in a video posted by the U.S. Embassy on its Facebook page.

 “It is through this cooperation that we have a real chance to succeeding in ensuring our security, our prosperity, our rights, and our liberties,” the ambassador said.

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.

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