World Bulletin/News Desk
The prime ministers of Egypt and Iraq on Sunday agreed to enhance cooperation between the two countries in the fields of security and intelligence in order to combat "terrorism" in the region.
"We've agreed on the importance of cooperating on the highest level in the fields of security and intelligence to combat terrorism," Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said in a joint press conference with Iraqi counterpart Haidar al-Abadi.
"Egypt stands firm in combating the black terrorism facing Iraq," Mahlab said.
Al-Abadi, for his part, said that "Both of us [Egypt and Iraq] are facing challenges when it comes to terrorism, with extremist thought threatening our unity and existence."
"We've agreed to fully cooperate in the fields of security and intelligence in order to combat terrorism," al-Abadi said, adding that his country aspires to "wider cooperation with Egypt that includes cultural and economic fields."
For more than one year, Egypt has been cracking down on militancy in Sinai – which shares borders with Israel and the Gaza Strip – amid a rise in militant attacks on army and police personnel since the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in 2013.
Iraq, meanwhile, has been gripped with a security vacuum since June 2014, when the ISIL militant group stormed the northern Iraqi province of Mosul.
The Iraqi army, along with Kurdish Peshmerga forces, armed tribesmen and the U.S.-led international coalition, is staging a fight back against the ISIL in the north.
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