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US vows to improve counterterror work with Egypt

The US is vowing to improve counterterrorism cooperation with Egypt after 16 Egyptian soldiers were killed by suspected Islamist militants.



Washington: The US is vowing to improve counterterrorism cooperation with Egypt after 16 Egyptian soldiers were killed by suspected Islamist militants.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed her condolences in a telephone conversation with Prime Minister Hesham Kandil. She voiced support for the Egyptian government`s efforts to strengthen security.

State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said Hillary stressed that "violent extremism poses a threat to Egyptians, Egypt`s neighbours and Americans alike," and that Hillary committed to strengthening US counterterror work with Egypt.

The attack near Egypt`s borders with Israel and Gaza highlighted the deteriorating security since last year`s revolution.

Hillary said the US is steadfastly committed to Israel`s security.

She said people in the region would be reassured when Egypt`s new Islamist government establishes working relations with its neighbours.

PTI

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