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Egyptian President Pushes U.S. for Military Aid in Fox News Interview

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Egypt's president called for increased U.S. military aid and creation of a regional coalition to fight Islamic State in an interview with Fox News that aired on Monday, just days before the United States sends its top diplomat to the country. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said, "It is very important for the United States to understand that our need for the weapons and for the equipment is dire, especially at the time when the Egyptians feel they are fighting terrorism and they would like to feel the United States is standing by them in that fight against terrorism." The State Department said on Monday that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Sisi after he arrives in Egypt on Thursday for the Egypt Economic Development Conference. According to the department, Kerry will also meet with other senior Egyptian leaders to discuss "a range of bilateral and global issues," including efforts against Islamic State militants, Libya and Syria's crisis. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/DL0ssM7G8Ng/story01.htm http://www.wochit.com