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Egypt's Sisi and CIA director Burns discuss Middle East tensions

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This combination of pictures created on August 15, 2021, shows CIA Director, William Burns in Washington, DC, on April 15, 202, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi attending a press conference with his Russian counterpart at the presidential palace in the capital Cairo on December 11, 2017. (Photo: AFP)
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CAIRO — US Central Intelligence Agency chief William Burns met Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on Sunday for talks on the situation in Palestine, Libya, and Afghanistan, the president's office said.اضافة اعلان

The talks in Cairo covered "a number of regional issues of common interest especially tensions in the Middle East as well as Afghanistan, the Renaissance Dam (in Ethiopia), and the crisis in Libya", Egypt's western neighbor, it said in a statement, without giving details.

Egypt, the second largest recipient of US aid in the world after Israel and a key regional ally, brokered a Gaza ceasefire in May after 11 days of strikes between Israeli occupational forces and Palestinians.

On Ethiopia, Cairo has garnered critical support from Washington over its water rights being adversely affected by Addis Ababa's mammoth dam project.

Burns, an Oxford-educated scholar who authored a book on Egypt-US relations, visited Israel and the West Bank last week.

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