Published: Tue, March 20, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Egypt military says 36 jihadists killed in Sinai

Egypt military says 36 jihadists killed in Sinai

The army launched the campaign on February 9 after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is standing in elections this month for his second term, gave it a three-month deadline to crush IS in Sinai.

Sudan recalled its ambassador to Egypt in January without explanation, but allowed him to return earlier this month.

Ties deteriorated between Egypt and Sudan a year ago when Bashir accused Egypt's intelligence services of supporting opposition forces fighting his troops in the country's conflict zones like Darfur.

Egypt's relations with Sudan were recently strained over the disputed border area of Halaib and Shalateen.

Al-Sisi announced the efforts to enhance cooperation between Egypt and Sudan in various fields and activate the joint efforts between the two countries as represented in a number of bodies and committees.

Al-Sisi's conversation with Abbas comes one day after Egyptian officials held high-level talks with an Emirati delegation in Cairo - talks that included a meeting between the foreign ministers of both countries.

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Since the military, then led by Mr El Sisi, ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013, security forces have sought to quell attacks by an Egyptian extremist group that later declared allegiance to ISIL.

The two presidents mentioned future cooperative steps over Nile water discussions, without providing much detail.

However, the two countries agreed to work together and formed joint committees on all the contentious issues.

Bashir responded that the two countries "do not have any choice but to cooperate, because truthfully this is the interest and confirmed demand of our peoples".

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