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Egypt to receive F-16 jet fighters: US Embassy

Strategic partnership between Egypt and US to be revived as Kerry visits Cairo

Egypt will receive eight F-16 fighter jets by Friday as part of a $1.3bn US annual military aid package. This comes in light of support for Egypt’s intense efforts to confront terrorism, a press release by the US Embassy in Cairo said Thursday.

“Extremists threaten regional security and these weapons systems provide a new tool to help Egypt fight terrorism,” commented US Embassy Senior Defense Official in Cairo, Major General Charles Hooper

The F-16 Block 52 aircraft is an advanced fighter jet built in the US state of Texas, and joins the Egyptian military’s existing fleet of US-made F-16 aircraft.

Egypt will also be provided with four more F-16s this autumn.

“The F-16s provide a valuable capability that is needed during these times of regional instability,” Hooper said.

The US’ commitment to a strong relationship with Egypt is demonstrated by continued cooperation and capability sharing between the two countries.

The US has a clearly stated position regarding the continuation of “follow-on support, maintenance, and training for Egyptian Air Force pilots and ground crews”.

The strategic partnership with the US is to be further reinforced in a visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry to Cairo on Sunday. During his visit, Kerry will hold dialogue with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry.

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