US Sec. of State stresses continuing counterterror

CAIRO, Visiting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday his country would pursue war on the so-called Islamic State (IS) and other terrorist groups.

Speaking at a joint news conference with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukry, Pompeo called on all countries to move to wipe out terrorism and cut off its roots.

In this context, he spoke highly of Egypt’s role in fighting terrorism and protecting its people, and stressed the significance of promoting bilateral relations.

He pointed out Egyptian-US cooperation for settling Middle East issues and creating regional balance, underlining that it is important to maintain mutual interests in various domains.

On his part, the Egyptian foreign minister hailed Cairo’s relations with Washington as a “strategic relationship between two partners”, which mainly serve regional stability and security.

He said deep and strategic bilateral cooperation has contributed to promoting regional stability and peace, emphasizing that cooperation between both sides is necessary for addressing relevant challenges, primarily Egypt’s war on terror.

On their talks, he said he had discussed with the top US diplomat the current situation in Libya, Syria and Yemen, along with the interference of regional countries in Arab internal affairs.

Efforts to revive peace negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis by hinging upon Egypt’s unyielding role were also discussed during the talks, the Egyptian foreign minister noted.

Earlier in the day, Pompeo met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi, with the latter voicing his country’s interest in cementing cooperation with Washington and deepening strategic partnership bonds.

He added that Egypt looks forward to beefing up coordination and consultations between Egypt and the US over an array of political and security issues that concern both sides, Egyptian presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said in a statement.

Al-Sisi reiterated that Egypt’s government and people were determined to carry on efforts to wipe out the scourge of terrorism.

Source: Kuwait News Agency