Egypt’s FM Visits Iraq for Counter-Terrorism Talks

 Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry visited Iraq to hold talks with Iraqi officials on fighting terrorism.

The Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari said in a brief statement that Shoukry had arrived in Baghdad on an official visit, giving no further details.

According to the Iraqi lawmaker Mithal Al-Alusi, the top Egyptian diplomat will hold talks on a host of issues, including bilateral relations and counter-terrorism.

Both Iraq and Egypt are fighting terrorism especially with the expansion of ISIS power over Sinai Peninsula through Sinai Province, an ISIS affiliated group since 2013.

Sinai Province has been carrying out various attacks and operations against the Egyptian military and police forces in Sinai Peninsula. Until now the Egyptian regime has not been able to deter the Islamic militants’ expansion. Recently, ISIS has started to launch attacks on Egypt’s western border with Libya.

The Islamic State has first originated in Iraq before spreading out throughout the region. Iraq is fighting the ISIS  group, which dominates vast territories in northern and western Iraq since 2014.

The coming period will witness counter-terrorism coordination between both countries according to reporters.

Egypt’s foreign ministry said in an official statement  that Shoukry’s visit aims at providing support to Iraq in its fight against terrorism and to bolster bilateral ties between the two countries.

Iraqi foreign minister Al-Jaafari visited Egypt last month for talks that are aimed to raise the counter terrorism cooperation level.