US Defense Secretary Meets with Egyptian President
Cairo, Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) US Defense Secretary James Mattis arrived in the capital today, where he met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.
According to the program of the visit, the meeting, appreciated here as a sign of the importance Egypt attaches to relations with the United States, addressed bilateral issues, including Washington's military assistance to Cairo, as well as aspects of Fight against terrorism.
It is also expected that Mattis will also meet Thursday with Egyptian Defense Minister Sedki Sobhy.
As part of the strengthening of the bilateral ties that were affected during Barack Obama's administration, Sisi paid a visit to Washington earlier this month, during which US President Donald Trump expressed support for the Egyptian government.
I want you to know, in case there is any doubt, Trump said after receiving him in the White House (where Obama never gave access to the Egyptian president), that we support the fantastic work that President El Sisi has done in a very difficult situation.
Also last week a delegation from the US Congress visited Cairo, where he met with Sobhi and expressed Washington's full support for Egypt's war against 'terrorism and extremism'.
After his stay in the capital, Mattis will visit Israel to talk with Israeli President Reuben Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
Subsequently, on April 22, Mattis will travel to Qatar to meet with 'international (regional) leadership and continue efforts to strengthen security architectures' in the area, according to US official sources.
He will finish his tour on April 23 in Djibouti, where he will have a meeting with President Ismail Omar Guelleh.
The US Defense Secretary's tour of Africa and the Middle East seeks to reaffirm US military alliances with strategic partners in the region and discuss aspects of the fight against terrorism, announced the Pentagon.
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