File Photo: General Kenneth F. Mckenzie. AP
“In the case of Egypt, I think we have good news, in that we are going to provide them with F-15s, which was a long, hard slog. They felt it was too long, it took too long." General Mckenzie told a US Senate Armed Services Committee during a hearing today.
McKenzie did not reveal details on how many F-15s jets would be provided or when they would be delivered.
On Thursday, the US Senate backed Thursday with an overwhelming majority in an 81-18 vote a massive arms sale, including military cargo planes, to Egypt worth $2.2 billion.
Last month, Mckenzie visited Cairo as part of a Middle East tour where he met with President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.
In an exclusive interview with Ahram Online during his visit, General McKenzie stressed that Egypt and the US have an enduring strategic relationship given Egypt’s nature as the cultural, historical and geographical centre of the Arab world.