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Cooperation with Egypt's friends needed to defeat terrorism, Sisi tells military council

Ahram Online , Wednesday 18 Nov 2015
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Egypt's Sisi heads a Supreme Council of Armed Forces on Wednesday (Al-Ahram)
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Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi held a meeting on Wednesday with the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to discuss issues related to the fight against terrorism as well as security arrangements on the borders.

"President El-Sisi stressed in the meeting that the attacks being carried out by terrorist groups outside the Middle East are considered unholy operations, and they require strengthening security cooperation with Egypt's foreign friends through building a comprehensive approach to defeat of terrorism and eradicate extremist ideology," the presidency's statement read.

Egypt had expressed its solidarity with France following last Friday's Paris attacks which left 129 killed and more than 300 injured.

Egypt is also strengthening its political and military cooperation with foreign countries such as the US, Russia, Britain and France, which are fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

The Egyptian army has fighting its own war against an Islamist insurgency in north Sinai for several years.

"The president also discussed the status of the security operations underway in Sinai as well as ways to secure the western borders [with Libya]," the statement added.

The meeting comes as the Egyptian government has opened an investigation into the deadly crash of a Russian airliner over Sinai in late October.

On Monday, President El-Sisi held a meeting with the National Defence Council to discuss issues related to fighting terrorism, flood control mechanisms, and progress on the planned Dabaa’s nuclear power plant project.  

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Sam Enslow
20-11-2015 12:40pm
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Stop the conspiracy theories
It is true that Egypt should work WITH its friends. Conspiracy theories hinder this effort. The constant lashing out at others in no way helps Egypt. Egypt never acknowledged the help it gets from others, especially Western governments and private charities. Egypt is now seeking a World Bank loan. The World Bank is controlled by America. No one - even Israel - wants a weak Egypt. That serves no ones purpose. The war on terror involves much more than guns. The government must ask media to refrain from the 'Everyone is picking on Egypt' narrative. It would help if government officials acted in a diplomatic manner.
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Tut
18-11-2015 10:32pm
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Strategic Salvage Operation
What is needed is much more than "Cooperation with friends"; what is needed is a strategic salvage operation to restore Egypt's international credibility, security, and economy. If you're so focused on beefing up an army then put it to good use; lead an Arab ground troop operation to defeat ISIS. Develop a comprehensive economic plan funded by international investment, in return for, Egyptian sacrifices on the ground to defeat ISIS. Fix the misdirected domestic security practices in Egypt which has fostered the environment for supporting ISIS terrorism on Egyptian soil. All this talk about "Express solidarity", cooperation with friends", bla bla bla is not helping our Economy or security!!
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