Egypt praises UN counter-terrorism work
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By SARA OSAMA SHOUREAP

CAIRO: Egypt praised the work of the United Nations in combatting terrorism at a Wednesday meeting of the advisory council for the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT), the foreign ministry said in Thursday statement.

The Egyptian delegation said that the United Nations is exerting efforts to combat terrorism with its different forms, adding that Egypt is supporting the activities of the council.

The UNCCT council consists of 21 countries including Egypt who discuss issues in the field of combating terrorism.

Since Former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi’s ouster July 3, the armed and police forces have been cracking down in the Sinai, where security officers have been targeted and by armed men and bombs.

The delegation also expressed their aspirations that the financial contribution presented by Saudi Arabia would increase the council’s capacity to combating terrorism, saying that Egypt is keen to cooperate with all authorities.

According to al-Watan online, the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia Saoud al-Fisal said in a Sunday statement their stance from terrorism is “steady and strict.”

He added that the conference resulted in forming the UNCCT where they declared donating more than $100 million as well as hosting the second meeting of the U.N. counter-terrorism center June 3, 2012 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

“The UNCCT benefits from the political support and advice of 22 of the most important counter-terrorism players on the world stage that agreed to be members of its Advisory Board,” according to the organization’s website.

Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and U.S. national security specialists met last week to discuss U.S. military aid.

On Tuesday evening, Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement that U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel informed his Egyptian counterpart Sedky Sobhy in a phone call that the U.S. will send Egypt Apache helicopters to support counterterrorism in Sinai, Reuters reported.

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