Sisi Discusses With French Defense Minister Me Developments

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met on Tuesday 1692014 visiting French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Driant.

Talks took up means of boosting bilateral relations, as well as cooperation in fighting terrorism.

Regional developments also topped the agenda of the talks with focus on the situation in Iraq, Syria and Libya.

Le Driant conveyed a message from French President Francois Hollande to Sisi.

He said Hollande greatly appreciated Sisi and was looking forward to meeting him on the fringe of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly in New York next week.

Presidential spokesman Ehab Badawy said Sisi asked Le Driant to convey his best regards to Hollande.

Sisi is also looking forward to meeting Hollande, Badawy said, stressing that Cairo, like Paris, was keen on boosting bilateral relations at all levels.

During the meeting, Sisi warned of the spread of extremism in the Middle East and Africa, which would sure extend to Europe.

For that reason, Egypt and France should act together to deter and uproot terrorism, Sisi told Le Driant.

The French minister said his country greatly appreciated Egypt’s efforts to reach a truce in Gaza. He said Cairo played an important and “traditional” role in achieving security and stability in the region.

Sisi stressed the need to build on this truce to achieve just peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

The failure to reach a settlement to the Palestinian cause made it even more complicated and costly to both sides, if not the whole region, the President told the French Minister.

Failing to solve the problem over long decades sure contributed to the spread of terrorism in the region, Sisi pointed out.

Sisi also stressed the importance of supporting the new Libyan government and parliament to build constitutional institutions in the Arab country.

The world community should support the will of the Libyan people by sending a clear message that it was against extremist powers seeking to impose facts on the ground by force, Sisi added.

MENA

Source : Egypt State Information Service