Official: Egypt keeping up efforts to uproot terrorism, violent extremism

Deputy Foreign Minister and Director of the International Terrorism Combat Unit Ihab Fahmy asserted Wednesday Egypt’s commitment to its strenuous efforts to uproot terrorism and violent extremism.

This came in his address to the second meeting of Capacity-building in the East Africa Region Working Group emanating from the Global Counter Terrorism Forum.

The group meeting is held in Nairobi under the co-chairmanship of Egypt and the European Union.

Fahmy noted the pioneering role undertaken by Egypt to support its sisterly African nations in their anti-terrorism efforts via the variety of tools it possesses and its various specialized institutions including the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development (EAPD) and Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding, according to a press release by the Foreign Ministry here.

The Capacity-building in the East Africa Region Working Group aims to address terrorism and violent extremism dynamics and requirements in the region by mobilizing adequate resources. It provides a forum for information exchange, networking, and cooperation among a variety of stakeholders to promote dialogue, understanding, sharing of analysis and lessons learned with a view to build collaborative partnerships in and for the region.

The current areas of focus of the Capacity-building in the East Africa Region Working Group are: Countering Terrorist Financing; Returning foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs) and/or Returning Families of FTFs; Border Security Management; Police Cooperation; Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism National Action Plans (P/CVE NAPs); The Integration of Gender Perspectives in CT responses; and Legislative Frameworks.

Source: State Information Service Egypt