Egypt and the United States have been associated with close strategic relations over the past four decades. US has its leading role in all global and regional issues, while Egypt has its pivotal role in the Middle East, Africa, and the Muslim world.
US-Egypt relations have gone through several stages. Before the 1952 revolution, Egypt hosted on 22 November 1943 the “1st Cairo Conference” launched by US President Franklin Roosevelt with the participation of British Leader Winston Churchill and Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek.
Under the former president Gamal Abdel Nasser, the bilateral relations were characterised by tension and conflict. The peak of this tension was in 1967 which resulted in cutting the diplomatic relations between the two countries.
In March 1974, relations between Egypt and the US were resumed after the signing of the Camp David Accords and the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty. In June 1974, US President Richard Nixon visited Cairo in the first official visit by a US president.
However, in 2001, relations became slightly tensed again.
After eight years of tension, US President Obama visited Cairo in 2009 heading a US delegation where he delivered a famous speech from Cairo University to the Muslim world.
The US announced its support to 25 January 2011 Revolution, while some official US institutions expressed its reservation in the beginning of the 30 June Revolution.
In June 2014, Obama phoned President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to congratulate him for being sworn in as Egypt’s new president for the coming four years.
The current US President Donald Trump hosted his Egyptian counterpart Al-Sisi at the White House on 9 April for talks on strengthening their strategic partnership and sharing views about priorities in the Middle East region.
Egyptian-US coordination has always been standing in all issues of the region, especially in the Palestinian issue and the situation in Syria, Sudan, Iraq, and Iran, as well as combating terrorism, according to the State Information Service (SIS).
As the US embassy in Egypt celebrates the Independence Day, 4 of July on Thursday, Daily News Egypt is honoured to shed light on the diversified aspects of both countries’ joint cooperation over special pages.