Paul Ryan meets Al-Sisi, Shoukry, Ali Abdul Aal

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The U.S. Congress (L) passed the $1.1 trn omnibus budget for 2015, with important implications for the partially frozen military aid to Egypt. Earlier this month in Cairo, Minister of Defence and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces Sedby Sobhi met with Lloyd Austin, commander of the United States Central Command (TR). US-made Humvees are among the equipment provided to the Egyptian military (BR). (AFP File Photo)

Speaker of the US House of Representatives Paul Ryan met with President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, Egyptian parliamentary speaker Ali Abdul Aal, and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry Thursday.

Ryan, who is leading a delegation from the US Congress, will discuss issues of shared interest related to security, stability, and the fight against terrorism.

They also plan to explore opportunities for cooperation between the Egyptian parliament and the US House of Representatives.

Presidency spokesperson Alaa Youssef said in an official statement that during the meeting Al-Sisi highlighted the strategic ties between both countries and expressed his appreciation for the US support for Egypt.

Meanwhile, Ryan said his visit to Egypt is the first international visit since he took office, signifying the Middle East’s importance to the US House of Representatives. According to Youssef, he also commended Egypt’s efforts in countering terrorism.

A US Congressional delegation arrived in Egypt on Saturday for meetings with Egyptian officials. The delegation members, led by Senator Lindsey Graham, met with A;Sisi and Minister of Defence Sedky Sobhy.

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