Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim (Photo: Al-Ahram)
Egypt's Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim arrives to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on his first official visit Sunday aimed at increasing security cooperation between the two countries, the state-owned Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported.
The UAE has, along with Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, been a key financial backer of the post-Morsi authorities in Egypt.
In meetings with officials, Ibrahim will discuss on the three-day trip means of enhancing cooperation particularly with regard to countering terrorist groups that threaten not only Egypt but the region as a whole.
Egypt has been hit by a wave of militant attacks for over a year following the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 following nationwide protests against his rule.
Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is expected to travel to the UAE on his first official visit in January, according to an earlier statement from the presidency.
Since July 2013, following the ouster of Morsi, Egypt has received a total of $10.6 billion in aid and grants thus far from the three Gulf States, most of which came in the form of petroleum products.
The latest aid was a grant amounting by $1 billion, given by Kuwait in November 2014.