Jan 05, 2019 07:20 Asia/Tehran
  • Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has publicly confirmed that military cooperation between Egypt and Israel has reached 'unprecedented levels'.

Iran PressAfrica: Asked by CBS News whether cooperation between Egypt and Israel could be described as the "closest ever," Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said: "That is correct… We have a wide range of cooperation with the Israelis."

In his sit-down with CBS News '60 Minutes', Sisi also claimed that "there are no political prisoners in Egypt", despite widespread reports that the country currently holds tens of thousands of political prisoners.

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Egyptian authorities have asked CBS News not to air the interview, according to a Middle East Eye report.

CBS said on Thursday that it had rejected Egypt's demands and will air the interview on 6 January.

As Egyptian President talked openly about military cooperation between his country and Israel, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday the Trump administration has helped facilitate cooperation between Israel and a number of Arab countries with which it has no diplomatic ties.

In an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was asked about the unofficial anti-Iran alliance between the US, Israel, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Jordan.

“Undoubtedly. We have set the conditions in the Middle East where these countries are now working together across multiple fronts,” Pompeo said.

In recent years, some Arab countries have started secret cooperation with the Israeli regime despite widespread public opposition at home. 101/ 211 /201

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