Netanyahu and al-Sisi hold talks on security

Abdel Fattah EL-SISI (President of Egypt, Egypt)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi discussed on Tuesday the shootout that killed three Israeli soldiers and one Egyptian policeman, reiterating their commitment to security coordination.

During a phone call, Sisi offered his “deep condolences” over the deadly shooting at the Sinai desert border on Saturday, Netanyahu’s office said in a statement.

The two leaders expressed “their commitment to further strengthening peace and security cooperation, which is an essential value for both countries,” the statement read.

They also affirmed the “willing of the two sides to continue work and coordination in the light of bilateral ties,” said Ahmed Fahmy, spokesperson of the Egyptian presidency.

In the incident that occurred early Saturday morning, an Egyptian policeman killed three Israeli soldiers before the assailant was “neutralized” by other soldiers, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

The Egyptian army stated that three Israeli soldiers and a member of Egyptian security forces were killed in a shootout when the Egyptian security personnel was chasing drug smugglers near the border with Israel.

Such confrontations along the Israel-Egypt border are rare as the two countries have maintained close security ties under a peace agreement signed by the two sides in 1979. ■

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