Commanding General of the United States (US) Army Central Michael Garrett met Sunday with Chief of Staff Mahmoud Hegazy, where the two discussed ways of increasing military cooperation.
Garrett met with senior Egyptian military officials to discuss the bilateral relation between both countries, joint efforts to fight terrorism, and shared interests in regional stability and security.
Hegazy also last Tuesday with Commander for US Africa Command Thomas Waldhauser and the US Ambassador to Libya Peter Bodde during their visit to Egypt.
Last May, the US delivered the first shipment of mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles to the Egyptian military via Alexandria’s port. The heavily armoured MRAP vehicles are specifically designed to protect soldiers from improvised explosive devices (IEDs), landmines, and other types of attacks.
The US has provided over $40bn worth of defence aid to Egypt, second only to Israel, over the course of the past 35 years. The aid was suspended temporarily following the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood regime in 2013 and resumed in March 2015.