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Egypt’s Sisi gets warm welcome at Pentagon as Cairo assumes naval role

Egypt took charge of Combined Task Force 153 on Monday as the Pentagon seeks to economize its footprint in the Middle East.
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin greets Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (R) as he arrives for meetings at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, December 14, 2022. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was cordially received in Washington this week, where he met with US defense chief Lloyd Austin after attending separate discussions with top US diplomat Antony Blinken and a handful of House lawmakers earlier on Wednesday.

Sisi also met with President Biden on the sidelines of the summit on Thursday. This was the Egyptian leader's first visit to Washington since Biden came to office in 2021.

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