Egypt's Islamist President Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday hailed his US counterpart Barack Obama re-election and said he hoped it would strengthen the "friendship" between their two countries.
Morsi hoped for a "strengthening of the friendship between the two countries to serve their common interests, namely justice, freedom and peace," in a telegram of congratulations released by the official news agency MENA.
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Despite the fall of its key regional ally president Hosni Mubarak in last year's uprising, Egypt remains the second largest recipient of US foreign aid -- after Israel -- totalling $1.5 billion a year, mostly for its military.
In September, however, Obama sparked intrigue over the state of US relations with Egypt after he said the country, which is Islamist-dominated in the post-Mubarak era, was neither a friend nor a foe.
Obama's comments came after a mob raided the US embassy in Cairo in protest at a film made on US soil and deemed anti-Islam that also caused riots across the Muslim world.