Egypt's Sisi meets leader of Iraq's Shia National Alliance Hakim Al-Ammar
Ahram Online , Tuesday 18 Apr 2017
The Shia cleric heads the National Alliance, a major political bloc in the Iraqi parliament

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met with Ammar Al-Hakim, the leader of Iraq’s Shia National Alliance bloc in the Iraqi parliament, in Cairo on Tuesday for talks about Iraq and other issues.

According to a statement issued by the Egyptian presidency on Tuesday afternoon, the Egyptian president and the Shia cleric discussed the latest developments in Iraq, especially the latest victories of the Iraqi army, against the IS militant group as well Egyptian-Iraqi bilateral relations.

El-Sisi and Al-Hakim also discussed the efforts to reach a political settlement among different sects in Iraq.

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and the head of Egyptian General Intelligence service, Khaled Fawzy, also attended the meeting, as did the Iraqi ambassador to Cairo and several Iraqi MPs who were part of delegation with Al-Hakim.

Earlier Tuesday, Al-Hakim held a separate meeting with Shoukry where they discussed Iraq and bilateral issues.

The Shia leader gave Shoukry a copy of his initiative for a political settlement in Iraq, according to the Egyptian foreign ministry.

In a statement, the ministry described Al-Hakim's visit as part of Cairo’s openness to different trends with respect to Iraq.