MOSCOW, September 14 (RIA Novosti) - The international coalition to combat terrorism should be "comprehensive and not exclusively target a specific organization or eradicate a certain terrorist hotspot," Reuters reported Sunday, citing Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi.
"Rather, the coalition should extend to encompass combating terrorism wherever it exists in the Middle East and African regions," Sisi said at the meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry.
The Egyptian president also expressed concern about the number of foreigners, who joined the Islamic State (IS), saying that each of them represents a danger to his own country. Foreigners pass border control at airports easily, without causing suspicion, Sisi noted.
Kerry arrived in Cairo on Saturday for talks with the Egyptian authorities, including on the issue of international struggle against Islamist militants. Egypt with his spiritual centers play a crucial role in the ideological confrontation with the IS militants IG in Syria and Iraq, the secretary of state said.
On September 10, US President Barack Obama announced plans to defeat the IS. He said Washington would be extending its airstrikes from Iraq to Syria and would provide support, equipment and training to Kurdish and Iraqi forces and Syria's opposition in order to respond to the threat.
The IS, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) or Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has been fighting the Syrian government since 2012. In June 2014, it launched an offensive in Iraq and seized vast areas in both countries, proclaiming an Islamic caliphate on the territories under its control.