Dempsey: US-Egypt military ties will depend on Egypt's action

By REUTERS
May 22, 2014 01:45

 
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BRUSSELS - The future of US military ties with Egypt, curtailed after a crackdown on opponents by the army-backed leaders, will depend on the actions of the future government, the top US military officer said ahead of Egyptian elections next week.

"I think we should maintain a relationship with the US military and Egyptian military. I think that that relationship will be affected by their actions and whether they make progress on their political transition," said General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff.

"I think that (the military-to-military) relationship should largely be defined by our common interests. We have a lot of common interests in particular in countering terror," Dempsey told a small group of reporters during a visit to Brussels for talks with NATO officials.

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