El-Sissi says Egypt, Israel cooperate against militants: CBS

CAIRO (AP) – US television network CBS said Egypt’s president has told it in an interview that his country and Israel, with whom it fought four wars, are cooperating against militants in the Sinai Peninsula.

Excerpts from the interview released by CBS over the weekend also quote President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi as denying there are political prisoners in Egypt, where he has overseen one of the largest crackdowns on dissent in the country’s modern history. CBS, which will air the full interview today on its show 60 Minutes, said it rejected a request by the Egyptian government not to show it.

In the interview, the general-turned-president questioned a recent Human Rights Watch report that Egypt is detaining 60,000 political prisoners, but added that his government must intervene against extremists “regardless of their numbers”.

File photo shows Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi addressing the media during a joint press conference at the federal chancellery in Vienna, Austria. – AP