Historically seen as linchpin of U.S. strategy in the Middle East, Egypt has called on Washington and Brussels to realize the threats coming from the region and help the country to negate the spread of global terrorism.
With the Paris attacks still fresh in the mind, Secretary of State John Kerry is in London on Thursday, consulting with counter-terrorism coalition partners with the aim of degrading and defeating the Islamic State. Kerry will then arrive at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss resort of Davos with the same issue likely to be high on his agenda.
Meanwhile, awaiting his arrival, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, told CNBC Thursday that his message to the U.S. politician is that his country is critical in this struggle.
"We were the first to warn about the terror in the area over a year and half ago and the danger of the foreign fighters in Syria. It was us who told our European friends and of course the United States of America," he told CNBC on the outskirts of the event in Davos.
"We said that we are going to be facing danger from them, and to be alerted, and this is exactly what we have seen and what took place."