French President Emmanuel Macron Reuters
French President Emmanuel Macron extended on Tuesday over the phone his condolences to Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi for the victims of a terrorist attack in Egypt’s Minya that left 30 Coptic Christians dead, including women and children, state news agency MENA reported.
On Friday, gunmen driving three 4x4 trucks "fired randomly" at a bus carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt’s Minya governorate. At least 21 others were injured in the attack.
Macron affirmed to El-Sisi his country’s condemnation of this terrorist attack and the French people and government's solidarity with Egypt.
El-Sisi thanked Macron for his condolences and said that this attack confirms the need to bolster and intensify international efforts to combat terrorism.
El-Sisi also stressed that his country will not hesitate to defend itself and its citizens from the threat of terrorism.
The two leaders agreed to intensify coordination and consultation in a number of regional and international issues of shared interest, including pushing for a political solution to the Libyan civil conflict.
In response to the Minya attack, the Egyptian air force has carried out intensive strikes on "terrorist bases" in Libya, which authorities say were involved in planning and executing the attack.