The American Ambassador to Egypt Jonathan R. Cohen indicated that strengthened Egypt, U.S. ties, and the mutual high-level political commitment would help combat dangers at sea.
According to a statement released by the US embassy in Cairo, Ambassador Jonathan R. Cohen and Vice Adm. Brad Cooper said: “The United States and Egypt are maritime nations. Our security is forever tied to the sea and for that same reason it is also tied to each other, and we must remain committed to advancing our maritime security cooperation together, as partners and as leaders.”
“We will continue to strengthen bilateral ties between our navies to promote regional security, stability, and prosperity. Ninety percent of the world’s trade travels by water, and Egypt is critical to many trade routes. Egypt’s contributions to safeguarding against smugglers, traffickers, and pirates are crucial to global commerce,” the statement added.
Moreover, the high-ranking American officials noted that Egypt Defense Expo 2021 highlights the promise and potential of the U.S.-Egypt partnership and Egypt’s growing leadership in regional security. For more than 40 years, U.S.-Egypt defense cooperation has been a fundamental component of our strategic partnership and future military-to-military inter-operability will only make us stronger.
In the same spirit, they said: “This year was a historic year for the relationship between our two great navies and our collaboration in the area of maritime security. Egypt joined the U.S. Navy in eight naval exercises.”
At the latest U.S.-Egypt Strategic Dialogue in Washington, the United States reaffirmed its constant commitment to bilateral defense cooperation to meet current and future challenges, including in counterterrorism and border and maritime security.
On the other hand, Egypt asserted earlier its commitment to active participation in the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), the largest multinational naval coalition in the world.