Egypt's interior minister urges consolidated counter-terrorism efforts in meeting with EU official

Cherine Abdel Azim , Tuesday 3 Sep 2019

Mahmoud Tawfik
Egypt's Interior Minister Mahmoud Tawfik (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egypt's Minister of Interior Mohamed Tawfik stressed the need to consolidate international counterterrorism efforts between the ministry and agencies concerned with security matters in the EU at a Monday meeting with a senior EU counterterrorism official.

Tawfik briefed the EU’s Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove, who is visiting Cairo, on his ministry's proactive strategy to combat terrorism, and on the state's efforts to disband terror groups, dry up their potential funding resources and destroy their infrastructure, according to a ministry statement.

He also expressed the ministry's readiness to develop security cooperation with all EU counterterrorism bodies to confront possible terrorist threats, especially by sharing information on terrorist elements, their movements and their funding sources in areas with tension in the Middle East and Europe.

The minister said terrorism poses a threat to most countries in the world, warning of the dangers of providing a safe haven to terrorist elements who hide behind religious misconceptions and promote a culture of violence and destruction.

De Kerchove applauded the ministry's efforts to combat terrorism and organised crime, according to the statement.

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