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Egypt president says resumption of US military aid helps combat extremism and boosts security

  • FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, left, in New York. Obama on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 released military aid to Egypt that was suspended after the 2013 overthrow of the government, in an effort to boost Cairo's ability to combat the extremist threat in the region. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

    FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, left, in New York. Obama on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 released military aid to Egypt that was suspended after the 2013 overthrow of the government, in an effort to boost Cairo's ability to combat the extremist threat in the region. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 image released by the Egyptian Presidency, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, center, watches an Air Force exercise as part of Badr 2014 Strategic Maneuver, in the Nile Delta province of al-Sharqia, Egypt. President Barack Obama on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 released military aid to Egypt that was suspended after the 2013 overthrow of the government, in an effort to boost Cairo's ability to combat the extremist threat in the region. (AP Photo/Sherif Abd El Minoem, Egyptian Presidency, File)

    FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 image released by the Egyptian Presidency, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, center, watches an Air Force exercise as part of Badr 2014 Strategic Maneuver, in the Nile Delta province of al-Sharqia, Egypt. President Barack Obama on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 released military aid to Egypt that was suspended after the 2013 overthrow of the government, in an effort to boost Cairo's ability to combat the extremist threat in the region. (AP Photo/Sherif Abd El Minoem, Egyptian Presidency, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 file photo, Egyptian military helicopters fly overhead as army soldiers stand guard at an entrance to Tahrir Square, in Cairo, Egypt. President Barack Obama on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 released military aid to Egypt that was suspended after the 2013 overthrow of the government, in an effort to boost Cairo's ability to combat the extremist threat in the region. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)

    FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 file photo, Egyptian military helicopters fly overhead as army soldiers stand guard at an entrance to Tahrir Square, in Cairo, Egypt. President Barack Obama on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 released military aid to Egypt that was suspended after the 2013 overthrow of the government, in an effort to boost Cairo's ability to combat the extremist threat in the region. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)  (The Associated Press)

Egypt's president says the United States' release of military aid previously suspended will help boost Cairo's ability to combat extremists in the region.

Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who overthrew Egypt's elected but divisive Islamist president in 2013, said in a statement Wednesday that the decision supports the strategic objectives of both countries in combating terrorism and extremism and maintaining security, particularly in Egypt's restive Sinai Peninsula.

The White House said President Barack Obama notified el-Sissi in a phone call Tuesday that the U.S. would be sending 12 F-16 fighter jets, 20 missiles and up to 125 tank kits, while continuing to request $1.3 billion in military assistance for Egypt.

The White House said Egypt will remain the second-largest recipient of U.S. foreign military financing worldwide, after Israel.