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Defence Minister meets head of US Central Command in Cairo

Both military leaders aim to enhance bilateral military cooperation, as Fateh 26 manoeuvres kick off

Egypt’s Minister of Defence, General Mohamed Zaki, met on Monday with General Joseph Votel, head of the US Central Command, during his visit to Cairo.

Both military leaders discussed enhancing mutual military cooperation, exchanging expertise, updates of regional affairs, and issues of common interest. They also addressed ways to maintain security and stability and combat terrorism in the region.

During the meeting, Zaki emphasised the strength of Egyptian-American relations, calling for more military coordination between the two countries. 

For his part, Votel hailed the military cooperation between Egypt and the US, also asserting the need for bolstering more cooperation during the upcoming period.

Meanwhile, one of the Fateh 26 essential manoeuvres kicked off this week in the presence of Egypt’s army Chief-of-Staff, Mohamed Farid. The manoeuvre, carried out by Egyptian and American armed forces, is set to last for a week as a part of annual exercises by the forces.

The Fateh 26 manoeuvres focus on specialised exercises and upgrading the skills and expertise of forces.

Earlier on Sunday, the Egyptian-Kuwaiti “Sabah-1/Yarmouk-4” military drills concluded after several days of joint exercises in Kuwait.

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