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NATO confirms support for Egypt in its war against terrorism

Published: June 1
 

CAIRO. General Denis Mercier, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, confirmed the organisation’s support to Egypt in its fight against terrorism during talks with Sameh Hassan Shoukry, Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs, on June 1 reported Emirates News Agency WAM.

During the meeting, they discussed ways to strengthen relations between Egypt and NATO. This is considering the Egyptian diplomatic representation with NATO since mid-January 2017.

Ahmed Abu Zeid, Spokesman for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, said that the meeting dealt with areas of co-operation between Egypt and the alliance, especially with the aim of combatting terrorism and consulting on regional crises.

Shoukry expressed Egypt’s aspiration to strengthen political dialogue with NATO on all levels, pointing out the successful examples of co-operation between them.

General Mercier praised the balanced Egyptian positions in the region, which aim at consolidating security and stability. He particularly spoke about the efforts to bring the Libyan parties together and reach full implementation of the Skhirat Agreement, as it is the general framework for resolving the Libyan crisis.

He also appreciated the comprehensive Egyptian vision to combat terrorism in all intellectual, financial and organisational aspects, and expressed his condolences to the victims of the recent incident.

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