Egypt's Sisi says 'no compromises' in confronting countries that support terrorism

Ahram Online , Wednesday 12 Jul 2017

Sisi Ministers of Information
Egypt's Sisi during the meeting with Arab Ministers of Information (Photo: Egyptian Presidency Facebook page)

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi told Arab information ministers on Wednesday that his country intends to continue confronting those countries that support terrorism, state-run news agency MENA reported.

"There are no compromises in facing countries that support terrorism and endanger the lives of innocent people," said the Egyptian president.

El-Sisi made the comments to Arab ministers of information who were in Cairo for a meeting of the Arab Information Council.

The Egyptian president also affirmed that Cairo does not interfere in the internal affairs of any other country.

Terrorism has caused great damage to the Arab nation in recent years in terms of loss of lives and economic devastation, he told the ministers.

He added that it is necessary to tackle this phenomenon with determination, applying a comprehensive strategy that takes all factors into consideration.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday for talks reportedly aimed at resolving the crisis over Qatar.

The four Arab states leading the boycott of Qatar said on Tuesday that their sanctions on Doha would remain in place until it meets their demands and that they would keep a close eye on the Gulf monarchy's efforts to fight terrorism funding.

In a joint statement released through state-media outlets, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain said they appreciated US efforts in fighting terrorism but that they would closely monitor Qatar's behaviour.

Tillerson visited Doha on Tuesday, with the apparent aim of seeking to end the month-long rift between Qatar and other Arab nations. During the visit, he signed an agreement with Qatar aimed at combating the financing of terrorist groups.

The four Arab states imposed sanctions on Qatar last month, accusing it of financing militant groups while allying with Iran, the arch-foe of the Gulf Arab states. Doha denies any involvement in financing terrorism.

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