Spokesman for the Egyptian foreign minister Badr Abdel-Ati (Photo:Ahram)
Egypt's foreign ministry has condemned Thursday the murder of American journalist James Foley by jihadist group the Islamic State (IS), calling it "barbaric and brutal."
In a press statement, the ministry said the attack was "totally incompatible with the teachings of Islam...and goes against humanity and morals."
Foreign ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel-Atti reiterated the necessity of international efforts to fight terrorism. Abdel-Atti went on to describe terrorism as a global phenomenon that does not target a specific country or region, and is not linked to a specific religion but rather aimed at targeting stability, security and development in different parts of the world.
The militant group, which has claimed control over large areas of Syria and Iraq, released a video Tuesday showing the apparent execution of American journalist James Foley and threatening to kill a second American reporter if the United States does not halt airstrikes in Iraq.
The video released by the Islamist group showed a masked militant beheading a man resembling Foley – who has been missing since he was seized in Syria in November 2012 – while threatening to kill a second captive believed to be US reporter Steven Sotloff.
Formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the hardline IS declared itself a caliphate – a successor state to historic Muslim empires – in June of this year.
Earlier this month, President Barack Obama responded to IS activity by sending US warplanes to strike its positions and vehicles that threatened US facilities in the Kurdish capital Arbil.