Tillerson says Washington backs Egypt in fight against terrorism

"We have always advocated for free and fair elections, transparent elections not just in Egypt but in any country," Tillerson said.

By REUTERS
February 12, 2018 13:44
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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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CAIRO - United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday the United States supports Egypt's fight against Islamic State but reiterated that it advocated free and fair elections in the Arab country.

Speaking at a joint news conference with his Egyptian counterpart, Tillerson also said that Washington remained committed to achieving a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians, despite President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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Tillerson arrived in Egypt at the start of a regional tour amid heightened tensions between Israel and Syria after an Israeli F-16 aircraft was shot down. It also follows a major security operation by the Egyptian military to crush Islamist militants who have killed hundreds of people since 2013.

"We agreed we would continue our close cooperation on counter-terrorism measures," Tillerson said.

"The Egyptian people should be confident that the U.S. commitment to continue to support Egypt in fight against terrorism and bringing security to Egyptian people is steadfast."

The Egyptian military campaign comes ahead of presidential election in March, in which President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is seeking a second term in office.

Asked about the Tillerson said the United States supports a credible, transparent election in Egypt and Libya.



"We have always advocated for free and fair elections, transparent elections not just in Egypt but in any country," Tillerson said.

"The US is always going to advocate for electoral process that respects rights of citizens," he told journalists, adding that the United States was also keen to continue supporting Egypt in its economic recovery.

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