Egypt's Sisi discusses fighting terrorism with crown prince of Abu Dhabi in Cairo

Ahram Online , Monday 19 Jun 2017

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi receives Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan in Cairo, Monday, June 19, 2017 (Photo: Egypt's presidential spokesman Facebook page)

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan discussed counter-terrorism efforts and bilateral ties during talks in Cairo on Monday, El-Sisi's office said in a statement.

"Both sides stressed the importance of concerted efforts by all Arab states and the international community in fighting terrorism, especially stopping the funding of terrorist groups, their political and media cover and the provision of weapons and fighters," the statement from presidential spokesman Alaa Toussef said.

Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed diplomatic ties and transport and trade links with Qatar two weeks ago, accusing the gulf state of supporting terrorism and meddling in the internal affairs of states in the region.

Monday's statement did not make any direct reference to Qatar.

The two leaders emphasised the need to "boost joint Arab action" and work to "reach political solutions for crises in the region" to restore security and stability.

During the talks, El-Sisi said that Egypt looks forward to continually developing mutual ties with UAE in all fields.

UAE is one of the major backers of El-Sisi's government, offering Cairo billions of dollars in aid packages. 

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