Egypt's President in Algeria, to discuss security

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Posted: Jun 25, 2014 8:16 AM

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has traveled to Algeria to discuss security issues in North Africa and Libya.

In his first trip outside the country since swearing in as president earlier this month, el-Sissi told state TV upon landing Wednesday that he came to "coordinate efforts regarding terrorism ... and the situation in Libya." He didn't elaborate.

Awash with weapons and militias, Libya has been a major source of smuggled weapons and jihadis to neighboring countries since the fall of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011. Algeria, like Egypt, shares a long stretch of border with Libya and has suffered from a spillover of the turmoil.

During his presidential campaign, el-Sissi stressed that Egypt must take action regarding Libya while beefing up security along its western borders.