- Title: Egypt foreign minister calls Libyan militant camps a direct threat
- Date: 29th May 2017
- Summary: CAIRO, EGYPT (MAY 29, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF EGYPTIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, SAMEH SHUKRI (RIGHT) AND RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, SERGEI LAVROV (LEFT) STANDING BEHIND LECTERNS AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) EGYPTIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, SAMEH SHUKRI, SAYING: "Terrorist organisations and using training and launching bases to the Egyptian territories is a direct threat to the Egyptian national security. The tragic events in Minya, last Friday is evidence to the ability of these organizations and their persistence to commit these horrific crimes to destabilize Egypt which necessitates Egypt to defend itself in line with rules of international law and treaties. Egypt targeted the bases of these organizations to destroy it and limit its abilities from threatening the Egyptian national security." NEWS CONFERENCE EGYPTIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, SAMEH SHUKRI (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) EGYPTIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, SAMEH SHUKRI, SAYING: "We have complete trust that Russia's ability through bilateral coordination and on an international level. Russia, as a superpower, has the effective ability to end this phenomena to retrieve stability in the Middle East. It can exempt Europe and other countries from terrorist operations that target innocent people." NEWS CONFERENCE LAVROV (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, SERGEI LAVROV, SAYING: "I will stress once again. We are talking about fulfilling what was agreed (in December 2015). Russia has not put forward any new conditions (for resuming direct flights to Egypt). We've heard the opposite statements. This is not true." NEWS CONFERENCE
- Embargoed: 12th June 2017 21:55
- Keywords: security Shukri media Libya camps Lavrov Russia Egypt conference
- Location: CAIRO, EGYPT
- City: CAIRO, EGYPT
- Country: Egypt
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016IW6TS7
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- Story Text: Militant training camps in Libya are a direct threat to Egypt's national security, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Monday (May 29), after Egyptian air strikes targeted the camps in eastern Libya.
Egypt's air force began the strikes just hours after masked men killed 29 Christians at a monastery in the southern Egyptian province of Minya on Friday.
Speaking at a news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Shoukry said the attack proved Libyan militants were capable of targeting Egypt.
"The tragic work in Minya is evidence of the extent to which these groups, which are determined to commit these horrific crimes, can target the innocent in order to destabilise Egypt," Shoukry said.
"(Egypt) targeted the bases of these organisations in order to get rid of them and to limit their ability to threaten Egypt's national security. This is in full coordination with the Libyan National Army," he said.
Shoukry said Egypt looked forward to "Russia utilising all of its available capabilities to work together to get rid of terrorism."
Commenting on whether Russia would resume direct flights to Egypt following an Islamic State bombing of a Russian airliner in 2015, Lavrov said Moscow had not put forward any new conditions but that all airport security demands must first be met.
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