Iran, Egypt stress fighting terrorism in region

TEHRAN (ISNA)- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for African and Arab Countries Hossein Amir-Abdollahian met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, where the two sides stressed the further bilateral cooperation between the two countries to battle terrorism in the region.

During the meeting held on the sidelines of the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Amir-Abdollahian and el-Sissi also emphasized Iran-Egypt shared stance on fighting terrorism in the region, specially in Iraq and Syria.

The Iranian diplomat condemned the recent terrorist attack in Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, and called for participation of all political groups and national unity in Egyptian political process.

He also stressed significance of unity in the Islamic World, and confronting Takfiri moves across the region.

Egyptian security officials said at least 44 people were killed and over 80 others injured after militants carried out attacks on army and police targets as well as an office of a daily newspaper in the strife-stricken Sinai Peninsula on Thursday.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a massive car bomb detonated outside the headquarters of the 101st Brigade of the Egyptian army in the city of el-Arish, situated 344 kilometers (214 miles) northeast of the capital, Cairo, late on Thursday, leaving scores of people killed and wounded.

Separately, an office of Egypt’s most-widely-circulated daily, al-Ahram, was “completely destroyed” in an assault by gunmen.

Two Egyptian army officers were also injured when an army convoy was targeted with mortar shells in the border town of Rafah.

Over an hour later, there were reports of another ambush on an army convoy just south of Rafah. Gunmen also reportedly attacked a checkpoint in Rafah.

The so-called Ansar Bait al-Maqdis militant group claimed responsibility for Thursday’s attacks.

The Egyptian military considers the Sinai Peninsula a safe haven for gunmen who use the region as a base for their “acts of terror.

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