Egyptian military rulers meet US top military official

February 11th, 2012 - 11:53 pm ICT by IANS  

Cairo, Feb 11 (IANS) Egypt’s top military rulers held talks Saturday with visiting US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey here amid a recent row over illegal civil society funding.

The two sides discussed topics of mutual concern in the light of military relations between Cairo and Washington, reported Xinhua, citing Egypt’s official MENA news agency.

Dempsey expressed the United States’ keenness to support the democratic process in Egypt as well as appreciation for Egypt’s military forces’ role in protecting and building Egypt’s entities, the report said.

In another meeting, Dempsey held talks with his Egyptian counterpart Lieutenant General Sami Anan on military cooperation.

The relations between Cairo and Washington have recently strained over the case of illegal funding of the NGOs in Egypt, in which US organisations are involved. Egypt accused 43 people, including 19 Americans, of running NGOs without license or receiving funds illegally for political activities.

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