US Top Diplomat Arrives in Cairo for Talks – MENA

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A senior advisor to the US Secretary of State arrived in Cairo from Riyadh late Tuesday and will stay for a four-day visit, state news agency MENA reported.

The visit by David Thorn comes as part of ongoing talks with Cairo regarding regional issues, including growing militancy in Iraq and Syria, and political instability in Libya.

Saudi Arabia had earlier announced that it would be hosting talks on challenges threatening the region and the rise of militancy. The talks, due to take place on Thursday, are to include the US, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey and other Gulf states.

The US is taking the lead in an international coalition aimed at defeating Islamist extremists spreading across parts of Iraq and Syria. Militants from the so-called Islamic State have so far murdered thousands and declared a Muslim caliphate.

Source: MENA & Ahram Online