Pentagon official in Cairo for Sinai

Derek Chollet, the assistant defense secretary, is expected to discuss ways the US can help the Egyptian government battle militant groups in Sinai, secure its border with Israel and prevent weapons smuggling.

Pentagon official in Cairo for Sinai

World Bulletin / News Desk 

The US assistant defense secretary for international security affairs arrived in Cairo Sunday, leading a delegation on a four-day visit to discuss bilateral cooperation, specifically in Sinai security, with Egyptian officials, reported DPA. 

Derek Chollet, the assistant defense secretary, is expected to discuss ways the US can help the Egyptian government battle militant groups in Sinai, secure its border with Israel and prevent weapons smuggling.

Disorder has spread in Sinai since autocratic President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in a popular uprising early last year, with some militants stepping up attacks on security forces and the Israeli border.

Egypt's newly elected president, former Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsy, has pledged to restore security in the poor desert region.

Last Mod: 12 Kasım 2012, 14:21
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