U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. and Egypt are returning to stronger bilateral ties, in the first strategic dialogue between the two countries since 2009. Diane Hodges reports.
It was a relationship that had cooled, but you wouldn't know it today in Cairo. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was all smiles when he met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry also met with Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri, returning relations to what Kerry called a "stronger base." (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) EGYPTIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, SAMEH SHUKRI, SAYING: "The strategic dialogue today represents a serious opportunity for the two parties to review the different aspects of the Egyptian-American political, military and economic relationship." U.S.-Egyptian relations cooled after Islamist president Mohamed Mursi was ousted in 2013 by the military amid mass protests against his rule. But Cairo remains one of Washington's closest security allies in an increasingly tumultuous Middle East.