Egypt In Talks With Russia Over Terrorism

Egypt’s presidency has said that President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has been in talks with Russia regarding the fight against terrorism.

The talks with Russia come days after yet another jihadist attack on Egypt’s Christian minority over the weekend.

Masked men, believed to be part of the Islamic State, attacked a bus carrying Coptic Christians to a church in Cairo on Friday, killing 29 people – including children – and injuring several others.

A statement released by the office of the President said that el-Sisi had been in talks with Russia’s Minister of Defense, Sergei Shoigu and Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov.

The Egyptian presidency said that the talks centered around ways to battle terrorism in the country as well as how to employ bilateral cooperations between Egypt and Russia.

“[Egypt and Russia] agreed on the importance of uniting international efforts in the battle against terrorism [sic],” a part of the statement released by the Egyptian presidency read.

Besides the recent attack in Egypt, President el-Sisi and the Russian ministers also discussed the ongoing conflict in Syria, spurred on by the Islamic State and the situation in Libya, which has become a breeding ground for jihadi training camps.

Libya, Egypt’s neighbouring country, has been thrown into complete disarray since the 2011 uprising that toppled former dictator, Muammar Gaddafi. Since then a power struggle has erupted in the country between rival administrations and various militia.

In response to Friday’s attack in Egypt, the Egyptian military launched airstrikes against several training camps in Libya.

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