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‘US looks forward to continuing defence ties with Egypt’

PTI Washington | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on September 14, 2012

Terming Egypt a strategic partner, Pentagon has said that it has a very strong defence relationship with that country, one that has been built up over many decades.

The comments came soon after US President Barack Obama said Egypt was neither an “ally nor a friend” of US.

“I think that ‘ally’ is a legal term of art. We don’t have a mutual defence treaty with Egypt. What we do have is a very strong defence relationship with that country, one that has been built up over many decades.

“And we expect that strong defence relationship to continue. That’s certainly our desire,” Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters yesterday.

He was responding to questions related to the statement made by Obama in this regard.

“I don’t think that we would consider them an ally, but we don’t consider them an enemy. They are a new government that is trying to find its way. They were democratically elected.

“I think that we are going to have to see how they respond to this incident,” Obama told the Spanish Telemundo channel in an interview yesterday.

The United States, Little said, has always considered Egypt a strategic partner and continue to do so today.

“We look forward to continuing our bilateral defence relationship,” he said.

The US Secretary of Defence, Leon Panetta, who recently visited Egypt has had very productive discussions there with the new Egyptian President and military leadership.

“Our relationship with Egypt, we believe, is on the right track when it comes to our military ties,” he said.

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Published on September 14, 2012
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