The United States has announced that Egypt has signed a bilateral communications agreement (CISMOA) that protect and regulate the use of sensitive American avionics and communications systems.
On 21 March the Embassy of Egypt in Washington quoted US Central Command General Joseph Votel as saying that “in January 2018, we celebrated the successful signing of the bilateral Communications Interoperability and Security Memorandum of Agreement (CISMOA), crowning over thirty years of effort to enhance security and counterterrorism cooperation.”
CISMOA covers the supply of encrypted communications equipment and systems, allowing secure peacetime and wartime communication between the two militaries and their assets. However, many countries, such as India, have been reluctant to sign up to CISMOA as US communications and encryption equipment is only accessible for maintenance or repair to US personnel.
Egypt would be obliged to let the US military access its facilities and communications equipment – these concerns have delayed the CISMOA agreement.
Other countries in the region have signed CISMOA, including Morocco, after it received F-16 Fighting Falcons from the United States.