Cairo, Egypt – Today in Egypt, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Subcommittee Chairman Paul Cook (R-CA) met with U.S. and Egyptian officials to discuss ongoing matters in the U.S.-Egyptian partnership, as well as the security challenges Egypt faces.

The delegation met with His Excellency Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Major General Abbas Kamel, Acting Director of Egypt’s General Intelligence Service. Reps. Royce and Cook also met with U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Thomas H. Goldberger and other officials of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.

Chairman Royce issued the following statement on the delegation’s visit:

“Egypt faces serious challenges from ISIS. These terrorists have killed hundreds of innocent Egyptians, including dozens in last year’s Palm Sunday attacks. Strengthening the U.S.-Egypt partnership is critical to defeating this shared threat and advancing other mutual interests. To that end, I urged Foreign Minister Shoukry and General Kamel to reduce ties with the North Korean regime, and promote reforms to support economic growth and civil society. Working together, we can achieve a secure and prosperous future.”