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TERRORISM, NATIONAL SECURITY KEY ARAB SUMMIT AGENDA ITEMS – EGYPT FM

CAIRO, Feb 3– The fight against terrorism and protecting Arab national security will be major agenda items of the upcoming Arab Summit, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said.

The summit, due in Cairo in late March, is very important because it will be held amidst challenges threatening national security of Arab countries, he told reporters after a meeting with Nabil Al-Araby, Secretary General of the Arab League.

The Arab summit, he added, would be an opportunity for Arab leaders to exchange views over addressing threats against regional security.

Shoukry said the Cairo-based Arab League has been on constant contacts with member countries to activate legal anti-terror mechanisms.

Meanwhile, Al-Araby on Monday condemned IS’s “outrageous” act of beheading Japanese citizen Kenji Goto.

Calling on the international community to stand in face of the growing phenomena of terrorism, Al-Araby also condemned IS’s (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) execution of the other Japanese hostage Haruna Yukawa, who was killed by the extremist group on Jan 24.

Al-Araby extended condolences to the Japanese government, people and families’ of the victims.

The IS broadcast, two days ago, a video footage showing “execution” of the Japanese hostage. It had linked sparing his life to release of Sajida Al-Rishawi, a female on the death row in Jordan.

The IS has recently turned stronger after seizing large swaths of land in Iraq and Syria.

SOURCE: KUNA