Sisi reveals security cooperation with Israel in Sinai

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"Whenever there is a minority trying to impose their extremist ideology we have to intervene regardless of their numbers", Mr Sisi said. Asked if this cooperation was the closest ever between the former enemies, Sisi said, "That is correct..."

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi held a meeting on Thursday with the ministerial economic committee, in which he discussed the proposed budget plan for new fiscal year 2019/2020.

Egypt shuts the Rafah crossing - Gaza's only connection to the outside world - most of the year. "I don't know where they got that figure".

Toppled in 2011 after mass protests against his almost 30-year-rule, Mubarak took the witness stand in a Cairo court to testify about jailbreaks allegedly orchestrated by Morsi and other members of his Muslim Brotherhood group during the uprising.

Interviewed by anchorman Scott Pelley, Sisi denied having political prisoners and "prisoners of opinion" in prison.

The Washington Post's Baghdad bureau chief, Tamer El-Ghobashy, speculates that Sissi's remarks on Egypt's partnership with Israel likely prompted the retraction rather than talk of human rights abuses, given that the government has expressed no remorse for such behavior and has faced nearly no consequences from the United Nations or a single foreign government. Sissi also faced an uncomfortable question from Pelley over his ousting of former President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in a 2013 coup when almost 1,000 of the group's supporters were massacred.

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In the interview, el-Sissi questioned a recent Human Rights Watch report that said Egypt was detaining 60,000 political prisoners.

On the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula, which borders Israel, has for years been an offshoot of the terrorist organization "Islamic state" is active.

Afterwards, the Egyptian ambassador to the United States contacted the 60 Minutes team to tell them "the interview could not be aired", the network said.

Human Rights Watch has said few people were armed, and that the systematic nature of the killings suggested they were part of a policy to use lethal force, making them probably crimes against humanity. The two countries fought four wars before signing a peace treaty in 1979.

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