U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with Egyptian officials in Cairo as part of a Mideast trip aimed at assuaging concerns over the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

Egyptian state television aired live footage of Kerry meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and other officials on Sunday. Kerry is having other meetings throughout the day and is expected to later brief journalists.

Despite continuing human rights concerns in Egypt, the Obama administration is increasing military assistance to the country as it confronts growing threats from extremists, particularly in the Sinai Peninsula. On Friday, the U.S. delivered eight F-16 warplanes to Egypt as part of a military support package.

Kerry's visit also comes as a verdict is expected in the trial of three Al-Jazeera English journalists.