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Egypt's Sisi and U.S Defense Secretary Mattis discuss boosting military cooperation to fight terrorism

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi received US Defense Secretary James Mattis in Cairo on Thursday to discuss boosting military cooperation between Washington and Cairo.

Mattis arrived in Cairo for a one day visit coming from Saudi Arabia, on a tour of the region that also includes Israel, Qatar and Djibiouti.

Presidential Spokesperson Alaa Youssef said the officials discussed the special and strategic ties binding the two countries, with El-Sisi affirming Egypt's keenness to strengthen cooperation under the new administration of President Donald Trump.

The meeting was attended by Minister of Defense Sedki Sobhi, US Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy Dina Powell and US Ambassador to Egypt Stephen Beecroft.

The Egyptian president focused on the pressing need to dry up funding for terrorism and convey a strict message to countries that support terror groups or supply them with fighters and/or arms.

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