Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Amy Hawthorne is quoted by Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy’s visit to Washington:

It is "a strong signal that the United States wants to improve, or at least start to improve, relations with Cairo despite a deteriorating human rights environment," analyst Amy Hawthorne told a conference call.

The administration is "sending a clear message to Cairo that the US-Egypt security relationship, especially focused on counterterrorism and the counterterrorism campaign in the Sinai, remains critically important," added the senior fellow with the Atlantic Council.

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