Egypt Expresses Readiness to Support Nigeria in Countering Terror Challenges

The Egyptian Parliament’s Chairman of the African Affairs Committee MP Tarek Radwan said his country is aware of the challenges facing Nigeria, mostly terrorism and organized crime.

Radwan said Egypt is ready to provide support and training for Nigerians in order to face these challenges.

“Egypt’s political administration prioritizes promoting integration and concern about African issues,” said Radwan, who is participating in the 73rd session of the Executive Committee of the African Parliamentary Union in Abuja.

“Egypt is historically and geographically African and will work hard with its partners to achieve African integration and become the gateway to African development,” he stressed.

He also pointed out to the efforts exerted to form consultative mechanisms at the executive and legislative levels between Egypt and Nigeria.

Nigeria has been subjected to attacks every now and then carried out by Boko Haram terror group in a number of populated areas, such as markets and refugee camps.

Boko Haram’s terror activities have escalated after it pledged allegiance to ISIS in March 2015 in an audio published on its official Twitter account. It is now named “the bloodiest group in the world.”

However, the group was divided after ISIS decided to change its leader, Abubakar Shekau and replace him with Abu Musab al-Barnawi.

Observers said that most of the terror group’s attacks target populated areas, such as markets, mosques, and others.

They tend to use explosive belts and suicide bombings, increasing the number of casualties, observers stressed.

On the other hand, Radwan met Friday with Director of the African Affairs Department in Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the framework of his visit to the capital, Abuja.

The meeting was attended by Ambassador of Egypt to Nigeria Assem Hanafi and Diplomatic Attache Shadi Hisham.

The Egyptian MP stressed the need to boost bilateral cooperation frameworks in advancing Egyptian-African relations and giving further momentum to the existing cooperation.

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