Egypt’s Interior Minister Magdi Abdel Ghaffar (R) receives Laurent Nunez, the head of France's General Directorate for Internal Security (L) - press photo
CAIRO – 15 May 2018: Laurent Nunez, head of France's General Directorate for Internal Security, said he is keen to strengthen cooperation with Egypt within the framework of combating terrorism, according to a statement by the Interior Ministry.
In his meeting with Egypt’s Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar in Cairo, Nunez expressed his country’s keenness to enhance information exchange between the two states following terrorists’ attempts in recent months to reposition and dominate other zones.
Nunez expressed his appreciation for Egypt’s pivotal role in preserving the stability of the region, praising the Interior Ministry’s efforts and achievements in fighting terrorism despite the challenges the ministry has faced.
Abdel Ghaffar affirmed the need to extend cooperation between the two states in the field of information exchange, as the continuous pressure on the terrorist organizations has forced them to seek safhavens in other states, according to him, and thus expanding security threats.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi welcomed Nunez in Cairo on Monday, in the presence of acting General Intelligence Chief Abbas Kamel.
Nunez delivered French President Emmanuel Macron’s warm greetings to President Sisi and his pride in the deep relationship and cooperation between Egypt and France on various levels.
Nunez highlighted the importance of cooperation between the two states to face the challenges facing the region.
Egypt’s military initiated Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018 in February against terrorists in North and Central Sinai and other parts of the state.
Terrorist attacks in Sinai have left hundreds of victims among civilians and military and police personnel since the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi.
"I follow with pride the heroics of my sons from the Armed Forces and the police to purge the beloved land of Egypt from terrorists, the enemies of life. And always, long live Egypt," President Sisi said in a post on his official Facebook page.