For decades, relations between Egypt and the United States have been grounded in a mutual commitment to advancing peace, prosperity and stability in the Middle East.

Having first established diplomatic relations in 1922, following Egypt’s independence from protectorate status under the United Kingdom, the Egypt-U.S. strategic partnership was born out of the 1979 Camp David Accords and has endured successfully throughout the nearly 40 years since.

As strategic economic and security partners, Egypt and the United States have engaged in ongoing collaborative efforts to expand commercial ties, increase foreign direct investment, ensure safe transit through the Suez Canal, modernize the Egyptian military and fight terrorism.

Today, the Egypt-U.S. partnership is critical not only to the stability of the Middle East and North Africa, but also as a bulwark against global terrorism and violent extremism. The inauguration of the Egypt-U.S. Strategic Dialogue in 2015 and President El Sisi’s inaugural visit Washington, DC in 2017 represented new milestones in our partnership and, importantly, broadened the ties between our nations.

Grounded in a common understanding that forging solutions to persistent challenges in the Middle East requires continuing and further strengthening cooperation between our nations, Egypt has long been among the United States’ most reliable and influential allies. Egypt’s regional leadership, skilled and educated population and geo-strategic location render it an invaluable partner in advancing a broad range of mutual interests.

The Egypt-U.S. partnership involves much more than cooperation between our security establishments. It is a meaningful, functioning alliance on a range of issues that extend to the highest levels of our governments, to our commercial relations with the private sector and to people-to-people exchanges that take place between students, tourists and expatriates throughout both countries.