US vows to improve counterterror work with Egypt
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.