CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi called Monday Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi who offered his condolences for the killing of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by a branch of the Islamic State group in Libya, announced the Egyptian presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef.
Sunday evening the Islamic State group in Libya published a video showing the mass beheading of 21 Egyptians who had been kidnapped in Sirte in early January.
Both leaders discussed the necessity to combat terrorism, and Renzi affirmed his country’s support to Egypt’s efforts.
Three days ago, Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said in an interview with SkyTG24 that his country was ready to join a U.N-led force to combat the “an active terrorist threat,” Reuters reported.
Renzi called Monday on the United Nation Security Council to send a U.N.-led “mission” to Libya as fast as possible, the Italian News Agency Aki reported Monday.
Meanwhile, the president received a call from Jordanian King Abdullah II who offered his condolences after the mass execution.
King Abdullah met Monday with the Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, Gen. Joseph Votel in Jordan, said the Royal Hashemite Court.
Sisi also phoned the French President Francois Hollande Monday ; both leaders called on the United Nations Security Council to meet over the security situation in Libya and take new measures after Egypt launched airstrikes against the Islamic State group targets.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shokry flew Sunday evening to New York to conduct meetings with UNSC officials to discuss the ways of combating the terrorism.
In his televised speech on Sunday evening, President Sisi called on the international community to move against terrorism which “contradicts with Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter.”
“Egypt renews its demand for an international coalition against the terrorist organization of ISIS, in which Egypt is a member, to assume its responsibility for Egypt’s political and financial support and take necessary measures to confront ISIS and other similar terrorist organizations in Libyan territories,” the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.