Egypt national security linked to Gulf and the wider region

He also urged for the need for more ‘cooperation and coordination’ between Egypt’s different institutions to counter-terrorism

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Egypt’s national security is linked to the Gulf states and the wider region – and is not only “internal,” Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi said in a televised address on Thursday.

“Getting rid of terrorism should not only be in Egypt but in the region which is going through hard times,” Sisi said in a speech commemorating the 33th anniversary of Egypt’s recapturing of Sinai from Israel.

He said Egypt’s national security is “linked to Gulf, the region,” and to Africa, particularly the Nile basin.

He also urged for the need for more “cooperation and coordination” between Egypt’s different institutions to counter-terrorism.

The Sinai peninsula, which has become a haven for militants since the ouster of Islamist President Mohammad Mursi in 2013, is among a list of nationwide development projects.

“The Sinai development is a priority,” he added.

Meanwhile, Sisi pledged to stay “focused to uphold peace and its efforts,” in reference to his country’s foreign policy direction, which was the first Arab state to recognize Israel in 1979 after the U.S.-brokered Camp David Accords.

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