Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Serraj stand for the playing of the U.S. National Anthem during an honor cordon at the Pentagon, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met Saturday with Egyptian officials to discuss cooperation between the two countries, the first stop on a trip that will also take him to Jordan, Pakistan and Kuwait.Mattis' visit came just over a week after the worst-ever Islamic militant attack in Egypt's modern history took place in the troubled northern Sinai where over two dozen extremists descended on a mosque and killed more than 300 worshippers.Mattis was scheduled to meet with el-Sissi and Defense Minister Sedki Sobhi.That assistance is linked to Egypt's 1979 peace treaty with Israel, and underpins a U.S.-Egyptian security relationship that is now mostly aimed at fighting terrorism.
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