Egypt interior minister, CIA head discuss ISIS and Muslim Brotherhood

Ahram Online , Monday 18 Jan 2016

On Sunday, Brennan met with President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi where the duo discussed strengthening their strategic and military relationship

Egypt’s interior minister Magdy Abdel-Ghafar met on Monday with the director of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) John Brennan in Cairo where they discussed terrorism domestically and internationally.

The duo discussed the activities of militant groups regionally, especially the ISIS group, state news agency MENA reported.

Abdel-Ghafar also explained to Brennan all the interior ministry’s efforts in the face of the “terrorist” Muslim Brotherhood, the group that the ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi hailed from.

The minister added that the latest terrorist attacks in the United States and Europe show "without a doubt" that all countries have become targets for extremist groups.

He stressed the need for cooperation between all states in the fight against terrorism and to address the reasons behind the spread of this phenomenon.

On Sunday, Brennan met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to discuss the strengthening of the strategic and military relationship between the two countries.

This is the second visit by Brennan to Cairo in less than a year. He also met with El-Sisi in Cairo last April, where they discussed regional and international political affairs.

In March 2015, US President Barack Obama released $1.3 billion in military aid to Egypt, which was suspended after the ouster of Morsi in July 2013, in an effort to boost Cairo's ability to combat the extremist threat in the region.

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