Egypt says to hold talks with US in July

June 23, 2015 23:17

CAIRO - US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Cairo for talks with Egyptian officials on July 28-29, Egypt's foreign ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty said on Tuesday.

Relations between Cairo and Washington deteriorated after the army overthrew President Mohamed Morsi following mass protests against his rule in 2013. They have gradually improved with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi who was elected last year.

Abdelatty described next month's talks as a strategic dialogue. A US State Department official who spoke on condition of anonymity said that the last US-Egypt strategic dialogue took place in Dec. 2009.

In late March, US President Barack Obama lifted a hold on a supply of arms to Cairo, authorizing deliveries of US weapons valued at over $1.3 billion.

On Monday, the US embassy in Cairo said the US had delivered two navy vessels to Egypt.

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