Egypt’s chief of staff heads to UAE for military cooperation talks
Chief of Staff for the Egyptian Armed Forces Mahmoud Hegazy - YOUM7

CAIRO: Egypt’s chief of staff Mahmoud Hegazy traveled to the UAE Saturday for a multi-day trip to discuss bilateral military cooperation with Emirati officials, Youm7 reported.

The visit comes in response to an official invitation from vice president and Prime Minister of the UAE Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Hegazy, who heads an Egyptian military delegation, will meet with his Emirati counterpart Hamad al-Rumaithi to discuss joint military exercises between the two Arab countries and develop a common strategy against terrorism, according to Youm7.

The UAE has been a key supporter of the Egyptian political leadership particularly since the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

During President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s first visit to the UAE in January 2015, he said his country’s relations with the UAE are “excellent,” and “will remain special.”

Following Egypt’s Economic Conference held in March, Al-Maktoum pledged $4 billion to support Cairo.

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