The Foreign minister meets the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee
In a meeting attended by the Egyptian Military Attaché to the US, Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry met with Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Mac Thornberry. The meeting focused on reviewing the path of the U.S. military assistance program to Egypt and discussing the ongoing economic, social and political developments in Egypt.
The Spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry, Counselor Ahmed Abu Zeid, stated that Minister Shoukry affirmed that the military assistance program to Egypt, three decades since its inception, requires further appraisal as Egypt's need for such assistance is growing by the day particularly in view of the efforts exerted in the field of counter-terrorism, providing protection for its citizens and enhancing peace and stability in the Middle East region.
In this context, Shoukry briefed the congressman about the elements of economic reform program and the recent agreement signed with the International Monetary Fund, highlighting the Egyptian government's recent steps and procedures, particularly with regard to lifting state subsidies and the floatation of the Egyptian pound, which display the Government's thriving steps in addressing the economic challenges. Minister Shoukry added that these audacious decisions, which previous governments have long refrained from taking, are essential in the efforts of comprehensively reforming the structural economic inequalities in many sectors of the Egyptian economy.
Abu Zeid added that Rep. Mac Thornberry assured, during the meeting, that the new U.S. administration would give new impetus to the US-Egyptian relations and that the U.S. is ready to listen to its partners in Egypt, regarding promoting and developing the US-Egyptian relations. The Congressman conveyed a message to the Egyptian people stating that the United States would always remain supportive to Egypt, as Egypt's stability and success are vital to the U.S. interests in the Middle East region. The two sides also held extended talks on the regional situation, including the situation in Libya, Syria and Iraq and the relations between the Arab countries and their neighboring countries.