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Egypt army chief meets with head of US National Guard

Egyptians security guard at the border between Egypt and Gaza Strip on 11 February 2017 [Ashraf Amra/Apaimages]
Egyptians security guard at the border between Egypt and Gaza Strip on 11 February 2017 [Ashraf Amra/Apaimages]

Egyptian Defense Minister Sedqi Sobhi on Wednesday held talks in Cairo with General Joseph L. Lengyel, head of the US National Guard, in which the two men discussed regional developments and military cooperation. An Egyptian army statement was issued after the meeting.

An Egyptian army statement was issued after the meeting. According to the statement, the two sides spoke in particular about the ongoing war against terrorism and “means of achieving regional security and stability”.

It went on to note that Lengyel and members of his delegation had also met with Egyptian Army Chief of Staff Mahmoud Hijazi and discussed issues related to bilateral military cooperation.

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At the meeting, Lengyel voiced hope that US-Egypt military relations might be further enhanced with a view to “serving both countries’ common interests”.

The statement did not reveal when Lengyel and his delegation had arrived in Egypt or when they planned to depart.

Egypt is the second largest recipient of U.S. military aid after Israel, receiving some $1.3 billion every year in military assistance from Washington.

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