February 12, 2018 / 10:45 AM / in 13 days

U.S. Secretary of State says Washington backs Egypt in fight against terrorism

CAIRO, Feb 12 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday Washington supports Egypt’s fight against Islamic State but reiterated that it advocated free and fair elections in the country.

Speaking at a joint news conference with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukri, Tillerson also said that Washington remained committed to achieving a lasting peace in the Middle East between Israel and the Palestinians, despite President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. (Reporting by Yara Bayoumy; Writing by Sami Aboudi; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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