FM Receives Phone Call From U.S. Counterpart

Secretary of State John Kerry told his Egyptian counterpart on Friday that the United States intends to make good on its promise to deliver 10 Apache helicopters to help Cairo’s counter-terrorism efforts, NDTV reported Saturday.

Kerry announced in June that he was “confident” Egypt would receive the helicopter gunships soon, and reiterated that in his phone call to Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, a senior State Department official said.

“Secretary Kerry informed Shoukry that the United States intends to move forward on deliveries of Apache helicopters to the Egyptian military, which we believe are a critical tool that will help the Egyptian government in its counter-terrorism efforts,” the official said.

Kerry made the call as part of the ongoing discussions on the Gaza ceasefire, the fight against jihadists in Iraq and Syria, and regional counter-terrorism efforts, the official added.

“The secretary reaffirmed the United States’ support for the helpful role that Egypt played in reaching the ceasefire in Gaza. He also discussed Egypt’s efforts in countering threats from extremist groups, particularly in the Sinai,” he added.

Source : Egypt State Information Service