WASHINGTON, Jan 28 (Reuters) - A high-level Egyptian military delegation was in Washington on Friday for pre-scheduled defense talks, even as Egypt’s army took to the streets to face unrest sweeping the country.
Chief of staff of Egypt’s armed forces, Lieutenant General Sami Enan, is leading his delegation in the week-long talks that started on Wednesday, Pentagon spokesman Colonel Dave Lapan said.
Lapan said he expected the meetings to continue as planned, despite the unrest, and that he did not believe the “optics” of the talks — the 27th annual installment — were a concern.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak imposed a curfew and ordered troops to back up police on Friday as they struggled to control crowds calling for his ouster. (Reporting by Phil Stewart)