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International community must unite against supporters of terrorism: Egypt's FM to anti-Daesh coalition

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry spoke before ministers gathered for the International Coalition Against Daesh in New York on Friday

Ahram Online , Friday 22 Sep 2017
Sameh Shoukry
Egypt Foreign Minister SameH Shoukry (Photo: Al-Ahram Arabic website)

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Friday that the time has come for the international community to take a unified stance against all parties that provide political, economic and media support to terrorist organizations or offer them safe havens.

Shoukry made the comments during a foreign ministers’ meeting of the International Coalition Against Daesh, held in New York on the sidelines of the 72nd UN General Assembly.

Foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement that Shoukry congratulated the Iraqi people for their victories against Daesh in Mosul and Tal Afar and for liberating Iraqi territory from the control of the terrorist organization.

"The Egyptian foreign minister stressed that defeating Daesh in Iraq is not the end, but establishes a new phase of cooperation among the coalition members, aiming to eliminate all terrorist organizations and extremist ideologies without discrimination,” the spokesman added.

The last meeting of the coalition took place in Washington, DC on 22 March.

Egypt, which is facing an Islamist insurgency involving Daesh militants in North Sinai, has agreed to join the 60-nation global coalition, but it has not committed to any military action against the organization outside Egypt.

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