Mattis, Egyptian Counterpart Discuss Defense Issues


Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Sedki Sobhy emphasized the importance of strong U.S.-Egyptian cooperation for stability in the Middle East during their telephone conversation yesterday, according to a Defense Department statement.

M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank crews assigned to Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division engage targets at the conclusion of the culminating joint live-fire exercise of Exercise Bright Star 2017 at Mohamed Naguib Military Base, Egypt, Sept. 20, 2017. Bright Star is a bilateral exercise between U.S. Central Command and the Arab Republic of Egypt during which about 200 U.S. personnel participated in a command-post exercise, a field training exercise and a senior leader seminar to promote and enhance regional security and cooperation. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Leah R. Kilpatrick
Army M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank crews assigned to Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, engage targets at the end of exercise Bright Star 2017 at Mohamed Naguib Military Base, Egypt, Sept. 20, 2017. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Leah R. Kilpatrick
M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank crews assigned to Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division engage targets at the conclusion of the culminating joint live-fire exercise of Exercise Bright Star 2017 at Mohamed Naguib Military Base, Egypt, Sept. 20, 2017. Bright Star is a bilateral exercise between U.S. Central Command and the Arab Republic of Egypt during which about 200 U.S. personnel participated in a command-post exercise, a field training exercise and a senior leader seminar to promote and enhance regional security and cooperation. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Leah R. Kilpatrick
Bright Star 2017
Army M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank crews assigned to Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, engage targets at the end of exercise Bright Star 2017 at Mohamed Naguib Military Base, Egypt, Sept. 20, 2017. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Leah R. Kilpatrick

Mattis offered his condolences for the Egyptian soldiers who lost their lives in the Oct. 15 militant attacks on military outposts in the North Sinai region, the release said.

U.S.-Egyptian Defense Partnership

The secretary also expressed his deep commitment to advancing the U.S.-Egyptian defense partnership, particularly in the shared fight against terrorism, according to the release.

The two leaders discussed the success of the Bright Star 2017 exercise that was conducted in Egypt last month, the release said. This year’s exercise, they said, contributed toward the updating of joint exercises to address 21st-century threats.

Mattis also underlined the value the United States places in its bilateral relationship with Egypt, and Egypt's critical role in regional leadership, the release said.