US Congress Delegation Visiting Egypt

A US Congress delegation is visiting Egypt. The congressional delegation was headed by congressman Michael Conaway, according to a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry, reported Daily News Egypt. 

The US congress delegation met Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry at the headquarters of the Foreign Ministry.

The meeting was set to touch upon the bilateral relations and fields of cooperation between Egypt and the US, and to discuss the current political situation in several Arab countries, particularly Syria and Libya. They are also expected to discuss counter-terrorism strategies.

Earlier in August, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi received a delegation from the Congress. They discussed strategic relations between the two countries. During the al-Sisi  participation in the UN general assembly, he also met with congressmen to discuss bilateral relations between the two countries.

Although the details of Shoukry’s meeting haven’t been made available yet, the delegation’s visit is expected to last for a few days.

Despite the continuous violations against human rights in Egypt, the US continues to support al-Sisi regime and undermine human rights abuses of his military rule.

In the same context, the United States of America is working with G7 economic powers to ensure that the $12 billion is fully funded with bilateral financing for Egypt as it is “essential”, said a senior U.S. Treasury official, reported Reuters.

Nathan Sheets Treasury undersecretary for international affairs said that the US supports the IMF’s Egypt program and believes that reforms required by the IMF will be challenging,” but are necessary to liberalize Egypt’s economy and make it more competitive.”

In fact, Egypt needs to acquire up to $6 billion in bilateral gap financing before the IMF board approve the program . According to Egypt’s Prime Minister Sherif Ismail around 60% of the total had been secured, as reported by Reuters.