Mubarak, Straw Discuss Terrorism
British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak met in Cairo on Thursday to discuss developments in the wake of the terror attacks that slammed the US earlier this month, reported the official Kuwaiti news agency (KUNA).
Straw told reporters that he did not discuss with Mubarak details regarding the military plan Washington is intending to carry out in retaliation for the September 11 attacks.
Meanwhile, Straw said that his country was facing "political difficulties" in introducing further anti-terrorism laws.
He said that Britain had banned activities of terrorist groups that used Egypt as a springboard.
Straw added that Mubarak had expressed concern over terrorists from Egypt who are living in Britain or other European countries.
"The popular understanding is now in its best [level] to support the politicians and take decisive and strong procedures against the terrorist organizations following the recent US terrorist attacks, during which many British people, including Muslims, were killed."
Straw added that when he was home secretary, he had introduced anti-terrorist legislation, adding that British Prime Minister Tony Blair and the home secretary, David Blunkett were keen on implementing such measures.
In the meantime, Mubarak’s political adviser, Osama Al Baz, denied that Egypt had asked Britain to hand over some terrorists, saying that his country had requested that Britain adopt a specific policy banning the activities of terrorist organizations in British territory.
Straw arrived in the Egyptian capital on Wednesday within the framework of a tour that included Jordan, Iran and Israel, to discuss recent developments in light of the recent attacks in the US – Albawaba.com