September 21, 2021
U.S.-Egypt Military Cooperation Committee
Cairo – The United States and the Arab Republic of Egypt held the 32nd U.S.-Egypt Military Cooperation Committee (MCC) in Cairo, Egypt on September 20-21. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East Dana Stroul led the U.S. delegation. Air Force Commander Lieutenant General Abbas Helmy led the Egyptian delegation.
The MCC is the premier strategic defense dialogue between the United States and Egypt to discuss defense cooperation, shared security objectives, and ways to strengthen the strategic partnership in the military domain. Specific discussions focused on border and maritime security, counterterrorism, interoperability between U.S. and Egyptian forces, and Egypt’s military modernization efforts. Delegations also discussed regional developments, strategic competition, and shared interests across the Middle East and Africa.
The 32nd MCC followed the conclusion of this year’s BRIGHT STAR training exercise, and both events supported the U.S. government’s commitment to the U.S.-Egypt strategic partnership.