[Marxism] Egypt says Russias intervention in Syria will counter terrorism
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Egypt says Russias intervention in Syria will counter terrorism
October 3, 2015 6:20 PM
CAIRO (Reuters) - Russia's intervention in Syria will curtail the spread
of terrorism and help deal a fatal blow to Islamic State in the war-torn
country, Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Saturday.
Russia launched air strikes in Syria on Wednesday in its biggest Middle
East intervention in decades, marking a dramatic escalation in a more
than four-year-old civil war in which every major country in the region
has a stake.
"Russia's entrance, given its potential and capabilities, is something
we see is going to have an effect on limiting terrorism in Syria and
eradicating it," Shoukry said in a televised interview on Saturday.
Vladimir Putin said he is striking Islamic State and helping Syria's
Bashar al-Assad, long Russia's closest ally in the region. But the
United States is concerned that Moscow is propping up Assad, who
Washington has long held should leave.
Egypt has avoided showing support for al-Assad, a leader whom Saudi
Arabia, a key Egyptian ally that has propped up the country
economically, believes should be ousted.
Shoukry's comments are just the latest sign of warming relations between
Russia and Egypt. In a state visit to Russia by President Abdel Fattah
al-Sisi in August, the two countries called for a coalition to fight
terrorism in the Middle East.
In June, Egypt and Russia held their first-ever joint naval exercise.
Egypt, the Arab world's most-populous nation, is confronted by an
increasingly violent insurgency in North Sinai, where the most active
militant group has pledged allegiance to Islamic State
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