US Congressional delegation in Cairo to discuss mutual ties, counter-terrorism

A congressional delegation arrived in Cairo Monday for a multi-day visit which will feature a number of meetings with Egyptian officials on US-Egyptian ties and counterterrorism efforts, the US embassy in Cairo has said.

The delegation is headed by Congressman Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, which is in charge of protecting the US against terrorist attacks.

The delegation plans to meet with senior Egyptian officials to “discuss counterterrorism efforts, the US-Egyptian partnership, and shared interests in regional security and stability,” the embassy said in a statement.

Ahram Arabic news website, quoting security sources, said the delegation is comprised of  24 members.

Last Month, a congressional delegation headed by speaker of the US House of Representative, Paul Ryan held talks with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and parliament speaker Ali Abdel-Al on security issues and bilateral cooperation.

The United States provides Egypt with $1.3 billion in military aid every year, with the 2016 package including $150 million in economic assistance.

source: Ahram Online

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