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Egypt president says Arab, EU countries move ahead to jointly combat terrorism

Tuesday 26 February 2019 01:22 PM

the President of Egypt Abdul Fattah el-Sisi
the President of Egypt Abdul Fattah el-Sisi

(Xinhua) -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said yesterday that the Arab and European countries need to address up-to-date means used by terrorist elements.

"We are moving in a good way to combat terrorism and confront it," he said, during a press conference after the closing ceremony of the first League of Arab States (LAS)-European Union (EU) Summit which started last Sunday in Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh city.

He stressed the need to limit the technologies used by terrorist organizations, especially those used to recruit new fighters.

"We are becoming convinced to establish of a joint mechanism of action between the European and Arab sides to confront and combat terrorism," Sisi told reporters.

For his part, President of the European Council Donald Tusk said that the Arab and European countries are confronted by many of the same challenges, in a geo-political context that has become even more dangerous and unstable.

Challenges include dealing with international security crises and terrorism, fighting climate change and mass population displacement or ensuring sustainable growth and investment in an uncertain global economy, Tusk said.

"As close neighbors, we have no alternative but to work together on these and other issues," he added.

Leaders of both sides agreed to cooperate and coordinate on a number of security and border control issues.

"We will work to address the root causes of terrorism and deepen our efforts to combat the movement of foreign terrorist fighters across our borders," he said, adding that violent extremists must be cut off from all forms of support.

More than 50 European and Arab countries participated in the LAS-EU Summit, which was co-chaired by Sisi and Tusk.

Leaders from both sides discussed ways to strengthen ties and address a wide range of issues and common challenges, such as multilateralism, trade, investment, migration, security and regional situation.

The two-day summit provided an opportunity for leaders to discuss the latest developments in the region, such as the Middle East peace process and the situations in Yemen, Libya and Syria.