U.S. Joint Chiefs chairman, Egypt defense leaders discuss bilateral relationship

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Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, discussed America’s commitment to its “security partnership” with Egypt during a visit to Cairo on Feb. 20.

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Egyptian Chief of the Armed Forces Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Hegazy, right, render honors during an honor cordon at the Egyptian Ministry of Defense in Cairo, Feb. 20, 2016. DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen
Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, left, and Egyptian Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Hegazy during an honor cordon at the Egyptian Ministry of Defense in Cairo on Feb. 20. /DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen

“Dunford visited Cairo to demonstrate U.S. commitment to strengthening the security partnership between Egypt and the United States,” according to a U.S. Defense Department statement summarizing the meeting.

“Among the issues the leaders discussed was the challenge of terrorism, where cooperation could be especially beneficial for both sides.”

Dunford met with Egyptian Minister of Defense Gen. Sedky Sobhy and Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Hegazy.

The Joint Chiefs chairman “affirmed his intent to deepen the bilateral relationship between the two countries,” the DoD statement said.

Dunford is the nation’s highest-ranking military officer and the principal military adviser to President Obama, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, and the National Security Council.

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