BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:55 P.M.) – Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held a joint press conference following their meeting in Cairo’s Tahrir Palace, on Monday.
As Egypt has now targeted IS Sinai affiliate militants in the Peninsula, Shoukry and Tillerson emphasized the need for a joint effort between their respective countries to eradicate the militant group with Shoukry saying, “We appreciate the US support in that campaign and we coordinate our efforts to defeat terror.”
Tillerson extended his condolences and appreciation towards the Egyptian government and its people calling Egypt “a very important member of the ‘Defeat ISIS coalition’ from the beginning.”
Rex Tillerson also emphasised Washington’s support for the UN’s action plan for Libya’s transition period stating, “December 14 Libyan political agreement, in our view, must remain the framework for a political solution.”
On Syria, Tillerson singled out the “UN-led Geneva political process” as the only acceptable framework for peace stating that “Egypt has played a very important role in supporting dialogue between opposition representatives and the central government in Damascus.”
During his one-week visit to the Middle East, Tillerson will travel to other countries in the region including Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. He will also meet delegations from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Iraq.