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Egypt’s Sisi Calls for Arab Intelligence Cooperation to Counter Terrorism

Egypt’s Sisi Calls for Arab Intelligence Cooperation to Counter Terrorism

Tuesday, 2 February, 2021 - 06:15
Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi is seen during a meeting with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk, Belarus June 18, 2019. (Reuters)

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi stressed the importance of collective action among Arab counties to restore stability in the region, especially in areas that are witnessing instability and crises due to terrorist groups.


These groups are backed by other countries and governments, he said during the inauguration of the Arab Intelligence Forum via video conference in Cairo.


Sisi called on all Arab countries and the delegations participating in the forum to stand together, reject division and overcome any differences in order to confront challenges.


He emphasized the importance of the Arab Intelligence Forum as a strong and supportive mechanism for cooperation among countries.


According to presidential spokesperson, Bassam Rady, Sisi said that countering terrorism depends on exchanging experiences and information along with the continuous development of different mechanisms to confront it.


The Forum participants were headed by Abbas Kamel, head of Egypt’s General Intelligence Service (GIS), who emphasized the importance of the event in promoting joint action to achieve Arab national security.


The Forum aims to exchange views to address the accelerating challenges facing the Arab region, especially in combating terrorism, extremist ideology and organized crime. It is hoped that this exchange will help achieve regional security and stability.


In February 2020, Egypt hosted the first meeting for the heads of Arab intelligence agencies that helped pave the way for establishing the Arab Intelligence Forum.


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