Egypt ‘tells CBS to drop Sisi interview on Israel cooperation’

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2015 file photo, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi waves as he arrives to the opening ceremony of the new section of the Suez Canal in Ismailia, Egypt. A new 54-article anti-terrorism bill signed into law by el-Sissi was announced on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, establishing stiffer prison sentences for offences deemed to be terrorism-related, heavy fines for journalists who publish “false news” and a special judicial circuit for terrorism-related cases. Egypt has not had a parliament for over two years, and legislative authority rests with el-Sissi. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

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CAIRO, Egypt

US broadcaster CBS has said that the Egyptian ambassador to the US has asked it to drop a broadcast interview with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

CBS said that in the interview the president confirmed that the Egyptian military was working with Israel against terrorists in North Sinai.

Egypt is battling an estimated 1,000 IS-affiliated jihadists and is letting Israel attack them from the air, CBS said.

Another America media outlet, the New York Times reported in February that Israeli aircraft had carried out dozens of cross-border strikes against jihadists in the Sinai.

Responding to the report, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pointed out that his country would do “whatever is necessary to defend ourselves”

Egypt has signed peace treaties with Israel but relations remain sensitive.

The interview with Mr El-Sisi is due to air on Sunday and CBS insisted that it still planned to broadcast it.

US broadcaster CBS has said that the Egyptian ambassador to the US has asked it to drop a broadcast interview with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

CBS said that in the interview the president confirmed that the Egyptian military was working with Israel against terrorists in North Sinai.

The interview with Mr El-Sisi is due to air on Sunday and CBS insisted that it still planned to broadcast it.