A United States Military delegation arrived in Egypt this week (20 May) for a series of talks with Egyptian defence officials on arms sales to Egypt.
A United States Military delegation arrived in Egypt this week (20 May) for a series of talks with Egyptian defence officials on arms sales to Egypt. Though the talks were not generally expected to culminate in a signed deal, both parties had the authority to initial agreements that could herald the replacement of much of the country's Soviet-supplied military equipment which is reaching the end of its operational life.
SYNOPSIS: The talks taking place at the Egyptian Defence Ministry in Cairo, were scheduled to finalise defence aid agreements reached after the signing of the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty earlier this year. Erich Von Marbod, a senior U.S. defence Ministry official is heading the four-man American delegation. The Egyptians are being represented by General Kamal Hassan Ali, the Defence Minister.
According to Reuter, Egypt is expected to push for additional US military equipment beyond the 1.5 billion US dollars already agreed, and has asked for Phantom F-4 jets, air defence missiles, naval vessels, electronic equipment and armoured troop carriers to bolster its armed forces.
This fresh demand for military aid comes less than a week after Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates announced the dismantling of the 1.4 billion dollar Arab Industrial Organisation, in protest against the peace treaty. This organisation had signed contracts with British and French firms for the manufacture of weapons for Egypt and several other Arab countries.