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US Defense Secretary and Egypt’s Defense Minister pledged to enhance security partnership between the two countries in a telephone conversation.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Egypt’s Defense Minister Sedki Sobhy pledged to enhance security partnership between the two countries in a telephone conversation on Tuesday, according to US Department of Defense press release.

“The two leaders [Carter, Sobhy] reaffirmed their shared commitment to strengthening the security partnership between Egypt and the United States,” the release issued on Tuesday said.

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Secretary Carter expressed his desire to work closely with Minister Sobhy in resolving security challenges that the two countries face, while Sobhy underscored the importance to strengthen international coalitions against terrorism and extremism, according to the press release.

On Saturday, the foreign policy chiefs of Egypt and Russia, Sameh Shoukry and Sergei Lavrov respectively, also called on the international community for a decisive fight against terrorism in all its forms, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

The conversations took place after the Islamic State jihadist group released a video showing the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians abducted earlier in Libya.


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