Egypt's Minister of Interior Affairs Magdy Abdel-Ghaffar met on Saturday with Vladimir Ivanovich, the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office, where they discussed cooperation between the two sides as well as the ministry's strategy and efforts in combating terrorism, according to a statement by the ministry.
Ivanovich is in Egypt on an official visit to meet a number of Egyptian officials.
The two officials discussed cooperation in counterterrorism in light of political developments in the Middle East, where Ivanovich expressed his appreciation for the vital role Egypt plays in preserving stability in the region, as well as the efforts by the ministry in combating terrorism.
Ivanovich also expressed his aspiration to boost security cooperation and information exchange between his office and the ministry, especially given the recent attempts by terrorists to relocate to new areas in the region to carry out plans targeting Arab and Western countries.
Abdel-Ghaffar also discussed his ministry’s efforts and strategy in dismantling terrorist cells, and added that the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East contribute to the expansion of terrorism and extremist ideologies.
The minister said that the pressure being exerted on terrorist groups in conflict areas has led to terrorists escaping to other countries, which increases the security threat and imposes a need to expand information exchange to eliminate possible threats.
The two officials also praised the cooperation between the two sides and stressed the need for continued consultation, coordination and information exchange.