The Minister of defence of the USA James Mattis, doing the tour of the Middle East came from Saudi Arabia to Egypt. The main issues on the agenda of the visit was to expand military cooperation and joint fight against the «Islamic state».
American politician meets with Egyptian President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi and defense Minister Sidqi Subhi. From Cairo he went to Jerusalem to meet with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
As noted by the Egyptian newspaper «al Ahram», the tour is intended to confirm the commitment to historical US allies in the region. The newspaper reminds that President Obama once took Egyptian President – in 2009, the White house called for Hosni Mubarak.
James Mattis is familiar with the regional specifics. General of the marine corps, fought in Iraq, and resigned as head of Central command, the U.S. army covering the middle East.