US deputy assistant secretary of defense in Egypt for talks
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy Dr. Andrew Exum - Defense Department website

CAIRO: Dr. Andrew Exum, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Middle East policy, arrived in Egypt Saturday to discuss regional issues with Egyptian officials, Youm7 reported.

U.S. military and congressional officials have met with Egyptian officials several times in the past few months amid growing cooperation after the U.S. resumed military aid to Egypt in March.

Most recently, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met with a delegation of the U.S. House of Representatives Nov. 22. The delegation was headed by Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Readiness Rob Wittman. Another delegation of the U.S. House of Representatives met with Chief of Staff Mahmoud Hegazy in Cairo to discuss countering “terrorism” in September.

Sisi also met with Lockheed Martin Corporation President Marillyn A. Hewson Nov. 12, the U.S.-based company is one of the world’s largest defense companies; it produces F-16 Fighting Falcon jets. Head of Donald Schenk, head of General Dynamics defense company was also in Egypt in October to discuss local tank production.

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