Egypt and the United States: A STRATEGIC RELATIONSHIP
Egypt is the United States’ most reliable and influential Arab ally. Its size, central geographic location, and cultural and political leadership render it an indispensable partner for the United States. Egyptian-American relations are based on common goals and interest and have been vital for advancing peace and stability in the Middle East. Throughout the last three decades, Egypt proved that it is prepared to play its role as the foremost regional leader. The Egyptian American relationship has matured into a partnership based on numerous shared goals and values. The current persisting challenges in the Middle East necessitate more cooperation between both countries.
The mutual interests and objectives of both countries continue to drive them to engage each other into the future. Egypt’s cultural and political influence in the Middle East is longstanding and the country continues to embrace a well skilled population close to 80 million, around a quarter of the total Arab population. This undoubtedly has had its impact on its leadership role in the region. Needless to say, Egypt is also situated in an important geo-strategic location, connecting east and west through the Suez Canal.
The United States as a global power with a wide range of Middle Eastern and international interests will remain keenly engaged in developing its relations with Egypt in order to safeguard its long term interests in the region. During the past thirty years, there has been a growing common ground of mutual interests on which future relations with the US can be based. I believe that development, peace and stability are the basis of our common interests.