CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi asserted that terrorism is active in only one percent of the total area of the Sinai Peninsula, according to a presidential statement following a Sunday meeting with CIA John O. Brennan.
Head of the Egyptian intelligence Khaled Fawzy and U.S. Ambassador to Cairo Stephen S. Beecroft attended the meeting in which Sisi emphasized that the Egyptian-U.S. relations should not be limited to security and military cooperation.
For his part, Brennan said Egypt is an important partner of the U.S., which is eager to learn the developments of Egypt’s vision of regional issues, including counterterrorism approaches.
A “holistic approach” among countries threatened by terrorism is needed to stop the “fast sprawl” of radical organizations, Sisi said, adding that cooperation should also include economic, social, cultural and intellectual cooperation.
Sisi also said that will resume its parliamentarian activities regionally and internationally after the parliament has convened for the first time since 2012.
Brennan’s visit to Cairo, which is expected to last for two days, is the second since Sisi assumed office in June 2014; the CIA director visited Cairo last in April 2015.