Egypt’s Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Sedky Sobhy received on Wednesday Deputy Commander of the United States Central Command Mark Fox.

According to Al-Ahram’s Arabic news website, the meeting — attended by several Egyptian army officials and the acting US ambassador in Cairo — tackled means of supporting and activating military cooperation and exchange of experiences between the two armed forces.

In October, Washington announced it would withhold deliveries of tanks, fighter aircrafts, helicopters and missiles, as well as $260 million in cash aid, to the interim government, pending progress in the areas of democracy and human rights. The decision came after the interim authorities launched a crackdown on Islamists, leaving hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood members, leaders and sympathisers behind bars.