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Press Release | May 7, 2024

USCENTCOM Commander Visits Egypt


May 07, 2024
Release Number 20240507-02

TAMPA, Fla. – Between May 6 and 7, 2024, Gen. Michael Erik Kurilla, Commander of United States Central Command, visited Egypt to gain a deeper understanding of the perspectives of Egyptian military leaders on regional security and the status of humanitarian aid.

While in Cairo, Gen. Kurilla held meetings with Gen. Mohamed Zaki, the Minister of Defense and Military Production, and Lt. Gen. Osama Askar, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces. The leaders focused their discussions on regional security concerns in Gaza and the Red Sea, alleviating humanitarian suffering in Gaza, and the need to reestablish stability following the current regional conflicts.

“Egypt plays a critical role in regional security and has been instrumental in enabling humanitarian assistance for the people of Gaza,” said Gen. Kurilla. “Meetings like today’s are crucial to building a deeper understanding of the regional challenges and maintaining the relationships necessary to improve security.”