Russia can contribute to Africa’s terrorism fight via information sharing – Egyptian minister

Russia could contribute to Africa’s fight against terrorism and extremism through information sharing , Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said.

Shoukry stated this in an interview with Sputnik ahead of the inaugural Russia-Africa Summit.

The Russia-Africa Summit and business forum, co-chaired by the presidents of Russia and Egypt, is scheduled to hold in the Russian resort city of Sochi from Oct. 23 to Oct. 24.

The leaders of all the 54 African countries have been invited to the event, with almost 50 of them having already confirmed their attendance.

“African capabilities in security cooperation and information-sharing should be strengthened not only among themselves (African nations), but with its international partners, including Russia, with its powerful intelligence services that can crack down on these organisations,” Shoukry said.

He pointed to the need for the global community to efficiently counter nations supporting terrorism and providing extremist organizations with shelter and funds.

“Certainly, extremist and terrorist organisations pose a threat to the African continent, to international peace and security, and to Europe, including Russia, and the whole world.

“The international community must also deal firmly with states that sponsor terrorist organisations and try to achieve political interests through these terrorist organisations, especially as these countries provide terrorist groups and organisations with safe haven, funding channels, and media platforms,” Shoukry added.

According to the Egyptian foreign minister, extremist ideology can be eradicated through explaining the true values of Islam.

Shoukry stressed that Egypt was actively working with Africa’s Muslims on the matter. (dpa/NAN)