EGYPTIAN FM TO VISIT BAGHDAD TODAY OVER COUNTER-TERRORISM

CAIRO, Egypt, Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, will visit Iraq today (Wednesday), to discuss various regional issues, including counter-terrorism, the Foreign Ministry said.

“The visit comes at a critical time, amidst mounting challenges that constitute an imminent threat to the Arab national security, and require the Arab nation to stand united in countering them, especially the phenomenon of terrorism and extremism,” Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ahmed Abu Zeid, said, in a statement.

During the visit, Shoukry is scheduled to meet with Iraqi President, Fuad Masum, Vice President, Iyad Allawi, Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, Foreign Minister, Ibrahim al-Jaafari and Parliament Speaker, Saleem al-Jubouri, besides a number of other Iraqi political leaders.

The meetings come, over a week after the Iraqi government declared victory in liberating the city of Mosul, the last stronghold of the Daesh militant group in Iraq.

Since the Iraq War and the fall of former Iraqi President, Saddam Hussein, in 2003, the country has been going through chaos and sectarian strife, even after the withdrawal of U.S. troops, that was completed in late 2011.

Egypt has been facing a rising wave of anti-government terrorism, since the military removed former Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, in July, 2013.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK