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Tunisia's Essebsi to visit Cairo Sunday

Essebsi will hold meetings with President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Arab League chief Nabil El-Araby, focusing on bilateral relations and shared interests

Ahram Online , Saturday 3 Oct 2015
Tunisia's President Baji Caid Essebsi (Photo: Al Ahram)
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Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi will start an official two-day visit to Cairo Sunday to discuss bilateral relations between the countries, an official source within Egypt's foreign ministry told Aswat Masriya Saturday.

Essebsi's schedule includes meeting with President Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi and Nabil El-Araby, secretary general of the Arab League.

Observers see common interests between Egypt and Tunisia in the fight against terrorism. Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring, has seen a surge in radical Islam since ex-president Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali was ousted in the 2011 revolution.

In June, a gunman killed 28 at a tourist resort in Sousse, about 140 kilometres (87 miles) south of Tunis.

Egypt is fighting a persistent Islamist militant insurgency that has spiked in the past year and a half, killing hundreds — mainly police and army forces.

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