The U.S. Embassy in Egypt said that on 17-19 March the Director for Strategy, Plans, and Policy of the U.S. Central Command, Major General Scott Benedict, visited Egypt.
According to Washington's embassy in Cairo, Major General Benedict met with senior Egyptian officials including Assistant Minster of Defense of Foreign Relations Major General Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian Armament Authority Director, MG Osama Ezzat, and visited Inshas Air Force Base in Sharqeya Governorate. The visit aimed at discussing bilateral defence relations, according to the embassy.
In their meeting, the Egyptian and American officials discussed shared security concerns and agreed that the strategic nature of the U.S.-Egypt defense relationship makes it critical for regional security and stability.
“We work closely with our strategic partner Egypt on a number of fronts, from counter-terrorism to the security of the Suez. I appreciated the opportunity to meet with Egyptian officials to advance progress on our shared strategic goals,” the Director for Strategy, Plans, and Policy of the U.S. Central Command, Major General Benedict, noted.
A few days before Benedict's visit, the Egyptian guided-missile frigate ENS Sharm El-Sheikh (FFG 901) and U.S. amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25) had conducted a passing exercise (PASSEX), March 14.