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Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks during an interview with Reuters in Cairo. Reuters

Cairo- President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called on the international community to adopt a firm stance against countries that fund terrorist groups, equip them with weapons and militants and provide them with political and media support.

The Egyptian President made this remark during a meeting with a delegation of US Congressmen led by Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe Senator Roger Wicker.

Sisi urged the international community to launch an effective strategy to combat terrorism in the presence of Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri and members of the Congress from both Republic and Democratic parties.

Notably, Egypt accuses Qatar of supporting terrorist groups in the Middle East region, and it has severed along with other countries strategic relations with Qatar.

The meeting also tackled the latest regional developments and ways to handle crises in Libya and Syria, Presidential Spokesman Alaa Youssef said in a statement on Sunday.

Sisi briefed the US Congress delegation on Egypt’s vision, which underlines the importance of maintaining sovereignty and unity of crisis-hit states so that regional stability could be maintained, Youssef added.

Also, the president called for stepping up international efforts aiming at reaching political settlements and forging ahead with the reconstruction process in the crises-hit countries, Youssef noted.

“The current challenges require Egypt and the US to boost bilateral cooperation at all levels, which in turn help achieve the two countries’ interests,” Youssef quoted President Sisi as saying.

With regard to the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, Sisi stressed the importance of continuing Egypt’s efforts to hammer out a just and lasting solution to the Palestinian issue on the basis of the two-state principle and the resolutions of international legitimacy, according to the spokesman.

For their part, members of the US delegation expressed their support for all efforts meant to foster and develop bilateral ties in different fields. The US lawmakers welcomed the great momentum in strategic relations between the US and Egypt.