Egyptian FM warns European counterparts of 'imminent dangers' of terrorism

Ahram Online , Saturday 18 Jul 2015

In phonecalls with his British, German and French counterparts, Egypt's foreign minister stressed the importance of the country's fight against terrorism

Sameh Shoukry
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (Photo: Reuters)

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry spoke to his British, French and German counterparts on Saturday, on the recent Iran nuclear deal and combatting terrorism, a ministry spokesman said.

During the phone calls Shoukry stressed the importance of the international efforts in the fight against terrorism, ministry spokesman Badr Abdel-Ati said in a statement issued on Saturday.

In separate phone conversations, Shoukry told British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier that no country is immune from the “imminent danger” of terrorism, and asked them for their continued support for Egypt's fight against terrorism.

All three European ministers highlighted that the Iran agreement indicates a move towards stability and security in the Middle East, Abdel-Ati said.

Earlier this week Iran reached a deal with six leading world powers, including the US and Russia, that will reduce the number of uranium centrifuges it possesses. The centrifuges enrich uranium for nuclear fuel, but can also be used for creating nuclear weapons. 

Egypt’s foreign ministry had said earlier that it hopes the deal will put an end to the arms race in the region and helps to eliminate weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons, in the Middle East.

The ministers also discussed the Libyan, Syrian and Iraqi crisis.

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