25 April 2013

Egypt: Mursi, Hagel Discuss Local, U.S. Military Cooperation

President Mohamed Morsi received on Wednesday 24/42013 US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel who arrived in Egypt on a few hours visit to Cairo.

During the meeting, the two sides reviewed means of expanding military cooperation between the two countries, the horizons of democratic transition in Egypt and the political developments in the region.

The meeting also discussed means of developing military relations which are based on mutual respect between Egypt and the United States.

The talks touched on the Syrian Crisis with President Morsi warning against the risks of the raging civil war in Syria which claimed the lives of thousands of civilians, referring to the importance of reaching a consensus among the active powers on the need for reaching a political settlement to the Syrian crisis.

In the same context, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces and the Minister of Defense General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, had met on Wednesday 24/4/2013 with the US Defense Secretary with whom he discussed the depth of the Egyptian US relations, the exchange of expertise in many fields.

During the meeting, Sisi underlined the importance of expanding cooperation between the Egyptian and US armed forces for the sake of establishing peace and security in the Middle East.

He congratulated the Defense Secretary for taking up his post. On his part, the US Defense Secretary said he highly appreciates the Egyptian armed forces and their role in safeguarding the Egyptian people.

The meeting was attended by Chief of Staff of the Armed forces LT General Sedqi Sobhy, number of the high ranking commanders of the Armed forces and US ambassador in Cairo Ann Patterson.

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