What Happened: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi during his visit to the country, AP reported Jan. 10. Pompeo also delivered a speech in Cairo to outline U.S. priorities in the Middle East as he called on Washington's partner countries to assume more responsibility in fighting terrorism and emphasized the Iranian threat to the region.
Why It Matters: Pompeo's visit and speech are efforts to reset U.S. relations with key Middle Eastern states as the United States wants its regional allies to support Washington's push to confront Iran, while at the same time reducing its own presence.
Background: Former U.S. President Barack Obama delivered a speech in Cairo in 2009 to outline his vision for relations between the United States and the Middle East, including a desire to reach out to the Arab world and embrace new connections with Muslim countries, including Iran.
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