Ahram Online | Thursday 8 June 2017
Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and France’s FM Jean-Yves Le Drian (Photo:Egyptian Presidency)
The international community should implement strict procedures to stop the funding and arming of terrorist organisations, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi told French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian during a meeting in Cairo on Thursday.
In a press release by the president’s office, spokesman Alaa Youssef stressed the importance of continued coordination and talks between the two sides over different regional and international conflicts that share mutual interest in order to face the ongoing challenges, including the dangers of terrorism, which have implications affecting the whole world.
El-Sisi also said Egypt appreciated the French minister’s major contribution in boosting Egyptian-French relations in the past, particularly in the military field when he was defence minister.
According to the Egyptian release, Le Drian said he hoped for the bilateral cooperation between Egypt and France by strengthened and that France appreciates its strong relations with Egypt.
The meeting, which was also attended by Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, also included discussions related to Libya, where both the Egyptian and French sides agreed on continued cooperation to push forward with efforts to support the political path of the Libyan factions.
The French minister also met separately with Shoukry on Thursday to discuss bilateral and regional issues.