- Middle East/North Africa
Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met on Monday with US Central Command chief James Mattis to discuss Egypt-US military cooperation.
The meeting was also attended by Mattah’ delegation, US Ambassador to Cairo Anne Patterson, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Sedqi Sobhy and other military officials. The attendees focused on the two countries’ joint military exercises, “Bright Star,” soon to take place in Egypt.
Despite current political instability, the Bright Star exercises will take place according to schedule, announced military spokesperson Ahmed Mohamed Ali.
“The Armed Forces carry out several joint exercises with friendly countries in order to improve technical development at the level of individual soldiers, and get up to date regarding the military equipment used in those countries,” Ali told Al-Masry Al-Youm.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm