Egypt’s new Interior Minister Mahmoud Tawfik told his deputies via video conference on Monday that the country has made “good progress” in its war on terrorism, especially alongside the armed forces in Sinai.
In remarks released in an official statement by the interior ministry, Tawfik praised the security system and the effectiveness of its performance, which he said has achieved distinguished results.
Tawfik was appointed earlier this month, one of a number of new ministers in the cabinet of new Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly.
He said that the security services have been able to abort “a number of hostile schemes”, adding that the plans of terrorist groups to target the Egyptian state do not stop at using funded elements.
Tawfik said the country’s police and armed forces are dealing with such threats with a high level of readiness, in an effort to protect the country from the path experienced by several states in the region who suffered from terrorism.
The Egyptian police are aiding the armed forces with Operation Sinai 2018; the major counter-terrorism was launched in February to target and destroy terrorist and criminal elements and organisations in northern and central Sinai, parts of the Nile Delta and the country's Western Desert.
The interior minister asserted the importance of periodic review of the country’s security strategy in light of regional changes.
He also said that it was important to adopt a strategy that includes intensifying pre-emptive strikes against terrorist elements, in order to deter terrorism.
Tawfik also called for the development of the ministry’s abilities to collect and analyse data and for the integration an information exchange system for state bodies, in order to dismantle the terrorist networks.
He said he was following up on the ministry’s attempts to protect citizens through its live monitoring of security cameras on a number of main highways and at vital and important facilities in security directorates.
The minister concluded in the statement by saying that the state will combat any attempts to jeopardise security or any appearances of illegal activity decisively and firmly.