NATO to help Egypt police its borders; will offer equipment

October 10, 2007 13:44

NATO will provide equipment to help Egypt monitor its porous borders under a new partnership agreement, the Egyptian presidential spokesman said Wednesday. On Tuesday Egypt became the second country in the region after Israel to sign the North Atlantic alliance's "Individual Cooperation Program," which aims at improving political and military ties with Mediterranean countries. "Providing equipment for night surveillance is one thing they can do for example," said spokesman Suleiman Awad about what NATO would do to help Egypt protect its borders. "It's not about the deployment of troops," he added, quashing reports in the Israeli media that NATO troops might help patrol the Gaza border. According to the NATO statement, the agreement will give the alliance's cooperation with Egypt a more strategic dimension.

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