CAIRO: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met Thursday with John Allen, the U.S. special presidential envoy for the global coalition against ISIL, and U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs (Iraq and Iran) Brett McGurk to discuss terrorism threats in the region, said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty in a statement.
Atty said the meeting reviewed the latest developments in Iraq and the significance of support to the Iraqi government to overcome sectarian divisions.
Allen discussed his latest meetings with top Iraqi sheikhs and leaders in Amman on global efforts against terrorism, Atty added.
Shoukry affirmed his intention to visit Iraq for the second time, and expressed his country’s readiness to provide required needs to the Iraqi government, Atty said. He added that Shoukry also discussed the Libyan security situation and the “terrorist threat” there.
Allen highlighted the significance of the Egyptian role in fighting radical religious ideas by spreading the moderate and tolerant thoughts of Al-Azhar [Mosque], the statement said.
“Today in Cairo, we will be consulting Egyptian and Arab League officials on coalition efforts against #ISIS,” said McGurk on his Twitter account Thursday.
“The discussion included an update on military operations and Iraq’s plan to reconstitute its security forces to better confront #ISIS,” he added.
McGurk said he and Allen discussed the situation in Syria and Iraq with President Barack Obama and the staff of the U.S. National Security Council once they arrived in Cairo Wednesday evening.
After visiting Cairo, the U.S. officials will travel to Ankara where they will discuss the security situation and the threat of the IS group to Syrian Kurds in Kobani (a city in Syria near the Turkish border), said U.S. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki in a press briefing Tuesday.