Egypt's interior minister talks counter terror cooperation with Somali counterpart

Ahram Online , Wednesday 23 Dec 2015

Somalia is keen on benefiting from Egyptian expertise in policing, as well as coordinating with CAiro in the fight against Islamic extremism

Egypt's Minister of Interior Magdy Abdel Ghaafar received his Somali counterpart in Cairo Wednesday to discuss bilateral cooperation in fighting terrorism, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

Abdel El-Razaq Mohamed, the Somali interior minster, showed interest in expanding the benefit gained by the Somali police from Egyptian interior ministry expertise.

Both the Egyptian and Somali governments are fighting domestic terrorist and extremists groups.

The Somali government has been fighting Al-Shabab movement, an extremist Islamist movement, for more than two decades.

Al-Shabab won control of almost all of Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, in 2006, and held large swathes of central and southern Somalia until a UN-backed force from the African Union — including soldiers from neighbouring Kenya and Uganda — pushed the militants out of the capital in 2011.

The movement still controls many rural areas in Somalia where it imposes strict Sharia law.

In 2012, Al-Shabab and Al-Qaeda announced their alliance.

Egypt has been combating a decade-long militant insurgency in North Sinai that has intensified in the past two years.

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