Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
Abdel Fattah al-SisiReuters

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi met on Sunday with CIA director John Brennan in Cairo, the Egyptian presidency said, according to the website of the Al-Ahram newspaper.

A presidency statement said Al-Sisi discussed issues of common interest with Brennan, including the latest developments in the Middle East and the war on terrorism.

The meeting was attended by Major General Khaled Fawzi, the head of Egypt's General Intelligence and U.S. ambassador to Cairo Stephen Beecroft, according to Al-Ahram.

In late March, President Barack Obama released military aid to Egypt that was suspended after the 2013 overthrow of the government.

The funds were suspended 21 months ago when Al-Sisi, then military chief, overthrew Islamist President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.

American law forbids sending aid to countries where a democratic government was deposed by a military coup, though Washington has never qualified Morsi’s ouster as a "coup" and had been cautious about doing so, choosing only to condemn the violence in the country.

Al-Sisi recently appealed to the United States to play a greater role in helping his country fight terrorism, telling Fox News that while the U.S. has helped Egypt for decades, Egypt needs that help "more than ever," and wants to see a "big response from capable countries."