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Syria intelligence chief in
Cairo for security talks

Syrian National Security Bureau chief Ali Mamlouk met with General Khaled Fawzy, the head of Egypt’s General Intelligence Directorate.

Ali Mamlouk. (image via SANA)

BEIRUT – A top Syrian intelligence official has discussed security coordination with his Egyptian counterpart amid warming ties between the two countries.

 

Syria’s state news agency reported Monday that Syrian National Security Bureau chief Ali Mamlouk “made an official visit to Cairo,” where he met with General Khaled Fawzy, the head of Egypt’s General Intelligence Directorate, as well as other “senior security officials.”

 

“The two sides agreed to coordinate political stances,” SANA claimed, adding that they also decided to “strengthen coordination in the fight against terrorism.”

 

Although Egypt has yet to make any official statements on Mamlouk's visit, media outlets in the country over the weekend reported that Syrian officials had traveled to the country. 

 

Mamlouk’s visit comes after Egypt on October 8 voted in favor of Russia’s proposed resolution at the UN Security Council to institute an “immediate ceasefire” in Syria, a measure defeated by vetoes from the US, France and Britain.

 

Saudi Arabia reacted angrily to Cairo’s diplomatic move with the Kingdom publicly criticizing its long-time ally as rifts between the two continue to grow. Days after the vote, Riyadh suspended its oil aid to Egypt amid mounting tension over a number of issues.

 

Egypt defended its vote in support of Moscow, saying that it supported all efforts to end the conflict in Syria, and also voted in favor of France’s rival resolution.

 

Mamlouk, who has served as a diplomatic troubleshooter for the Bashar al-Assad regime, previously traveled to Egypt in August 2015.

 

At the time, Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar reported that Egyptian President Abdul Fattah el-Sisi received the Syrian official, who has also reportedly made trips to Jordan and Saudi Arabia in the past year.

 

Egypt’s ties with Syria have improved in the past year as Sisi has moved closer to Russia.


NOW's English news desk editor Albin Szakola (@AlbinSzakola) wrote this report. Amin Nasr translated Arabic-language material. 

Ali Mamlouk. (image via SANA)

The two sides agreed to coordinate political stances.

  • JJJ

    He is the wanted criminal who planned to assassinate our Patriarch. Where is Interpol?

    October 18, 2016