Presidential hopeful Mohamed ElBaradei is convinced the end of terrorism in the region is contingent upon spreading democracy in all Middle Eastern countries.
“A while back I met with [Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations] John Kerry and I said to him that the budget allocated by the US for fighting terrorism is such a waste of money,” ElBaradei told a press conference on Thursday.
“I believe terrorism will disappear in the region only when nations are led by real democratic regimes.”
Turmoil has been widespread in the region which has been witnessing a series of revolutions of late.
Tunisia was the first to see off its president as tyrant Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country on 14 January, following an uprising that lasted for around a month.
Egyptians were soon inspired by the Tunisians to stage the 25-January Revolution that saw Hosni Mubarak toppled on 11 February.
Other revolts erupted later in Libya, Yemen, Bahrain and Syria, among other countries in the region.