Egypt’s Sissi meets top US general for talks

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi meets with French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna (not pictured) in Cairo on September 14, 2023. (Khaled DESOUKI/AFP)
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi meets with French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna (not pictured) in Cairo on September 14, 2023. (Khaled DESOUKI/AFP)

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi met with Gen. Michael Kurilla, head of the US Central Command, in Cairo to discuss efforts to “intensify cooperation” between the two countries and to “restore stability” in the region, the president’s office says.

Within hours of the Oct. 7 assault by Hamas, the US began moving warships and aircraft to the eastern Mediterranean to provide Israel with support. Israel has conducted widespread airstrikes on Gaza since.

Egypt has long acted as a key broker between Israel and Hamas. Yesterday, Egypt and Israel reached a deal that would allow aid to enter the Palestinian territory via Egypt.

Also today, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with his UK counterpart James Cleverly in Cairo, where they talked about ways to de-escalate the conflict and address the dire humanitarian conditions in Gaza.

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