Sisi discusses means of promoting military cooperation with French armed forces minister

Ahram Online , Friday 12 Nov 2021

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi discussed means of developing Egypt-France military cooperation during a meeting with French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly in Paris on Friday.

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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi during a meeting with French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly in Paris on Friday, 12 November 2021 (photo: Egyptian presidency)

El-Sisi, who is visiting France to participate in the international Paris conference on Libya, expressed to Parly his appreciation for the strategic relations between Egypt and France in different domains, especially on security and military matters.

The Egyptian president stressed that the forces fighting terrorism need to unify and coordinate their efforts to guarantee a strong and effective response to the threat, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said.

For her part, Parly stressed her country's keenness to strengthen partnership with Egypt, particularly military cooperation within the framework of joint counter-terrorism efforts.

Egypt is a key pillar of security and stability in the Middle East and Africa, Parly told El-Sisi.

The two sides agreed to intensify consultation and coordination to confront and undermine the threat of terrorism, and prevent the movement of terrorists from tension spots to other areas, which threatens security in the region and particularly in North Africa and the Sahel.

Both sides agreed on the necessity of supporting the political track to end the crisis in Libya and adhering to the planned timetable for the presidential and parliamentary elections in the country - set to take place on 24 December - in order to hand over power to a legitimate, elected authority by the free will of the Libyan people.

They also highlighted that such a step will herald a new page in Libyan history, help restoring the country's national institutions, security and stability, and expel foreign forces from Libyan soil, the statement added.

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