El-Sisi and Italian minister discuss fighting "terrorism" together

Ahram Online, Thursday 4 Sep 2014

The two countries also discussed illegal immigration to Europe and stability in Mediterranean countries

Egypt and Italy have agreed to cooperate in several fields, including battling terrorism and illegal immigration, Al-Ahram's Arabic news website reported.

The partnership comes after a meeting with Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Italy's head of national security, along with both countries' interior ministers, where they discussed cooperation in security matters.

El-Sisi said that Egypt is looking forward to strengthening relations with the European Union under the leadership of Italy and to coordinate efforts against terrorism – not a distant threat from Europe, especially with Europeans returning home from fighting in Arab countries.

The Italian interior minister praised the role of Egypt in combating terrorism, saying that the two countries have similar views concerning stability and the security of Mediterranean countries.

The two sides discussed regional hazards, especially Libya, which is facing the worst bout of violence since Muammar Gaddafi's downfall in 2011 as rival militias battle for power in a general state of lawlessness.

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