U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi talk before a meeting at the presidential palace in Cairo September 13, 2014. (REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool)
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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi told visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that any global coalition against terrorism should battle not just ISIS but other groups as well, the presidency said Saturday.Egypt's foreign minister, backing Washington's call for global action to counter the threat, said earlier in a news conference with Kerry that ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria were forging ties with other extremist groups in the region.Egypt's strong public support for the U.S. campaign against ISIS contrasts with a mixed response elsewhere in the region and demonstrates how far Cairo has come in restoring its place as a premier U.S. partner in the Arab world since its authoritarian crackdown and military takeover last year.At the news conference, Kerry suggested Egypt, regarded as an intellectual hub in the Arab world, could exert enormous influence in countering ISIS's ideology from its sheer size as the Arab world's most populous state to its powerful religious authorities.
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