Al Sisi Supports U.S. War on Islamic State, But Says It Should be Widened Beyond Iraq, Syria
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi pledged his support for the U.S. war against Islamic State militants, but called on President Barack Obama to widen his campaign against extremism well beyond Iraq and Syria.
The former Egyptian military commander, in his first interview in the U.S. since formally taking power in June, also cautioned the administration against "washing its hands" of the Middle East at a time when the region's borders are in flux and the threat of militancy is growing with the instability.
The two leaders could discuss ISIS, Libya, and other regional issues, but the act of meeting alone would do much in terms of improving bilateral relations.
Washington faces many substantial policy challenges in the Middle East, from confronting the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), to curbing Iran's nuclear activities, to managing the fallout from this summer's Gaza war. But as President Obama heads to the UN General Assembly meetings this week, he has the opportunity to get one policy issue right -- and at a very low price.
By meeting with Egyptian leader Abdul Fattah al-Sisi on the sidelines in New York, the president can signal that the bilateral relationship is back on track despite the administration's deep disagreements with Sisi's repressive rule.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) painted a gruesome picture of the violence being carried out by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorists, describing a photo she had seen of a beheaded child dressed up for a party.
“I have a picture of what I estimate to be a 6-year-old girl in a gingham party dress, white tights, a little red band around her wrist, Mary Janes [shoes] and she’s lying on the ground and her head is gone,” Feinstein said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
ISIS has called on insurgents in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula to spread terror. The Sinai Peninsula is home to the popular tourist resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. Egypt has faced an Islamist insurgency since President Mursi was ousted. Isis spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani called for attacks on 'disbelievers'. 'Kill them any way you can,' the terrorist said in a statement released online
ISIS has called on insurgents in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula - home to the tourist resort of Sharm el-Sheikh - on Monday to press ahead with attacks against Egyptian security forces and to continue beheadings, an appeal likely to deepen concerns over ties between the militant groups.
Statement by UN Secretary-General office:
The Secretary-General met today (Sept. 21) with H.E. Mr. Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt.
The Secretary-General welcomed the important regional role played by Egypt in recent months.
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