CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi called his Russian Counterpart Vladimir Putin Wednesday to discuss means of combating terrorism in the region, amid ongoing Russian airstrikes on Islamic State militants in restive Syria.
“President Sisi emphasized the importance of reaching political settlements to the crises in the region at the soonest time to reinforce security and stability,” stated Egyptian Presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef in a statement.
“Sisi referred to the various challenges the region is facing, including terrorism. He asserted the need to comprehensively address this danger as well as the need for concerted and coordinated efforts by the international community to confront this threat,” Youssef added.
Russia’s recently launched strikes in Syria have raised concerns among the countries in the international coalition fighting the Islamic State group. Moscow has been seen as a staunch ally of the Assad regime, which many western countries believe should step down in order to end the four-year-old war.
Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry said Sunday that the intervention in Syria will have an impact on “confining and eliminating terrorism,” adding “The information available to Egypt through direct contact with the Russian side affirm Russia’s eagerness to counter terrorism and confine its spread in Syria and that the reason for its intervention is a fatal blow to Da’ish,[the Islamic State group].”