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Egypt Seeks Military Partnerships Beyond the U.S.

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A day before his scheduled meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said that his country is looking into forming military ties with “10, 20, 30 new partners for Egypt,” Reuters reported Nov. 2.

Samia Nakhoul and Michael Georgy writes that Fahmy plans to have a “frank, honest dialogue between friends” discussion with Kerry.

Fahmy said that Egypt wants to fulfill its national security needs from “whatever source we need” and although he values his relationship with the U.S. Military, that “relationship is much deeper than aid or no aid and it has to be looked at as a strategic relationship rather than a tactical one.”

“If you’re going to have interests in the Middle East, you need to have either good relations with the country that is the focus of the Middle East, or at the very least well-managed relations,” Fahmy added.

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