May 15, 2014 11:30 AM EDT

Egyptian General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi needs U.S. help in fighting “a war on terrorism,” he said in an interview published Thursday.

“We need American support to fight terrorism, we need American equipment to use to combat terrorism,” Sisi told Reuters in his first interview with foreign media before Egypt’s upcoming presidential election. The general is set to win those elections, which take place at the end of the month.

Sisi last year led the ouster of elected Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi. Sisi has since declared the Brotherhood a terrorist organization.

The 59-year-old Sisi also said there was no question that Egypt was still committed to its peace treaty with Israel and that the relations between the two countries had been stable for 30 years despite many challenges.



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