It may be said that, the meeting which held on 28 February 2017 between the students of the US Air War College and several ECFA members was the series of questions posed by the American delegation on the Council views on them, after listening to the welcome speeches at the opening of the meeting by Ambassador Dr Ezzat Saad, ECFA Director and Ambassador Dr. Hussein Hassouna, Coordinator of Permanent Committee for American Affairs of the Council.
Also participants in the meeting included Ambassador Ihab Wahba, Major General Mohammad Ibrahim Al-Dewairy, Major General Hisham Al-Halabi and Dr. Gamal Youssef.
The questions dealt with issues which relating to Egypt, Cairo’s relations with the Trump administration, regional problems, the American role in solving the Palestinian issue, and the fight against terrorism.
A member of the US delegation asked about ECFA expectations of the meeting between President Sisi and President Trump and its result.
Ambassador Dr Hussein Hassouna answered on that, the meeting may witness more cooperation between the two countries especially in fighting terrorism.
In reply to a question by a delegation member about the US role, Ambassador Ihab Wahba said, “The good relations between President Sadat and President Carter led to the signing of the peace agreement with Israel , this step confirmed and elaborated the American role in advancing the peace process.”
In response to another question about the anti-American feelings towards the US role in the region, Ambassador Ezzat Saad said that this feeling is linked to the American attitude towards the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Responding to a question about the fields and opportunities which Egypt wants the U.S to invest in it , in the light of the upcoming summit between the Egyptian and American presidents, the answer was that there are many huge projects that Egypt needs to invest in, including the development of the Suez Canal. Egypt also launched giant projects in record time, such as projects for the reclamation of desert lands. However, Egypt does not only need investment, but also needs to obtain technical and technological support and cooperation in various fields such as education.