US President Donald Trump and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi held a telephone conversation on the topic of combating terrorism, the Lebanese Ad-Diyar newspaper reported, citing unnamed presidential sources in Cairo.
According to the newspaper, Trump promised to support the Egyptian President in the fight against terrorism and stressed that the US would fight terrorism in the Middle East. Reportedly, the US President also expressed his support for the Congress’ decision to recognize the Muslim Brotherhood organization as a terrorist group.
As Addiyar reported, talking about the wars in Syria and Iraq, Trump said that Washington intends to cooperate with Moscow in order to conduct joint military operations against terrorists on the territory of the two countries, as well as to continue to provide aerial support to the Iraqi Army, fighting against members of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group there.
According to the report, Trump said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a “brave man,” who remains steadfast in the face of terrorism. At the same time, the US President also noted that certain circumstances do not allow him to make contact with the Syrian President. Trump added that he is going to keep in touch with Russian President Vladimir Putin in order to coordinate joint military operations against terrorists, in particular, against the IS, on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic, and expressed confidence that Syrian terrorists would be eliminated.
As the sources told Addiyar, el-Sisi told the Syrian President about the Trump’s words, as Egyptian President had perceived the words of the US President as a message for al-Assad.
Ad-Diyar is an Arabic-language daily newspaper based in Beirut, Lebanon. In its coverage of the Syrian conflict, the newspaper has a pro-government stance.