Sisi meets CIA Director to discuss regional issues

Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met Sunday with CIA Director John Brennan to discuss regional developments and terrorism.

The meeting was held in the attendance of Egyptian general intelligence director Khaled Fawzy and the U.S. ambassador to Egypt Robert Stephen Beecroft.

The meeting comes about 10 days ahead of the fifth anniversary of Jan. 25 revolution.

Egypt’s relations with the U.S. were strained when the U.S. partially suspended its military aid to the Middle Eastern country following the army’s ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July 2013, after protests against his rule.

The U.S. resumed the aid in March 2015.

With the aim of “confronting terrorism in the region”, the U.S. delivered eight F-16 Block II “Fighting Falcons” to Egypt in July and four more were delivered in October, said the U.S. embassy in a statement in November 2015.

Earlier in October, Egypt and the U.S. agreed to resume the joint production of military tanks M1A1 in the Egyptian Tank Plant 200, a military factory located in Helwan’s industrial zone, south of Cairo which also comes as part of the U.S. $1.3 billion “annual commitment” to support Egypt’s security, the embassy added in a statement in October 2015.

source:Aswat Masriya