Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has given a close cooperation with Israel in the fight against radical groups in the Sinai Peninsula. “We have a far-reaching cooperation with the Israelis,” said Al-Sisi in an Interview with U.S. broadcaster CBS.
at the same time, Al-Sisi rejected the allegation of human rights learning, in Egypt tens of thousands of people for political reasons, were in custody. According to CBS, the Egyptian Ambassador to the U.S. demanded the recording of the interview for the program “60 Minutes” not to broadcast the Interview. CBS wants to send it yet on Sunday. From the Egyptian side, there was initially no official information.
The North of the Sinai Peninsula is a stronghold of radical forces. There, among other things, an offshoot of the terrorist militia Islamic state (IS) is active. Egyptian security forces for months against the extremists. There are always victims. The IS-a mouthpiece for Amak had reported on Thursday that Israel’s air force has flown the second day in a row of attacks in North Sinai.
Egypt was concluded in 1979 as the first Arab state to sign a peace Treaty with Israel. Nevertheless, the relations between the two countries are still cold.
Al-Sisi since 2014 at the top of the country. Under him, Egypt is rigorously against political opponents, especially against the Islamist Muslim brotherhood. In the summer of 2013 Al-Sisi as Minister of defence, was for the overthrow of freely elected Islamist President, Mohammed Morsi, is responsible.
According to the human rights organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) have been taken since then, at least 60 000 people for political reasons, fixed or charged. Al-Sisi rejected this and said: “We have no political prisoners.” Egypt attempts to combat extremists who wanted to impose their ideology. He did not know where the Numbers from Human Rights Watch came, he said.