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Statement | June 17, 2021

Readout from Gen. McKenzie's visit with Egyptian Minister of Defense and Military Production General Mohamed Zaki and Egyptian Armed Forces Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Mohamed Farid Hegazy in Cairo, June 15, 2021

USCENTCOM

U.S. Central Command Commander General Frank McKenzie met with Egyptian Minister of Defense and Military Production General Mohamed Zaki and Egyptian Armed Forces Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Mohamed Farid Hegazy in Cairo June 15. 

Both sides reiterated their commitment to the U.S.-Egypt Strategic Partnership and discussed shared security priorities, including counterterrorism and maritime and border security, as well as ways to strengthen regional security cooperation.

“My discussions with senior military leaders underscored how much we view our opportunities and challenges through similar lenses,” McKenzie said. “Egypt plays an important role in regional security, and I’m proud of the partnership we’ve built over the last several decades.  Since my last visit to Egypt, we have witnessed significant achievements between our two militaries.”

During the visit, McKenzie also met with U.S. Ambassador Jonathan R. Cohen and other members of the U.S. Embassy staff.

The commander last visited Egypt in February 2021.