Thursday, February 3, 2011

Defense Secretary Gates Chats (and chats) with Egypt's Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates conferred with his Egyptian counterpart on Feb. 2, his third conversation in a week with Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, according to Defennse News.

"Secretary Gates spoke by phone with Field Marshal Tantawi again today," press secretary Geoff Morrell said in an e-mail to DN.

Gates' conversation with the defense minister followed a phone call earlier that day between the U.S. military's top officer, Adm. Mike Mullen, and Cairo's army chief of staff, Gen. Sami Enan.

In his conversation with the general, Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, "expressed his confidence in the Egyptian military's ability to provide for their country's security, both internally and throughout the Suez Canal area," spokesman Capt. John Kirby said in a statement.

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