El-Sisi com­mends Amir’s role in re­gional sta­bil­ity, se­cu­rity

Egyp­tian leader meets heads of Kuwaiti news­pa­pers

Arab Times - - LO­CAL - By Mona Sh­ester

CAIRO, Oct 13, (KUNA): His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah con­tin­ues to play a piv­otal role in main­tain­ing re­gional sta­bil­ity and se­cu­rity, said Egypt’s Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah el-Sisi on Satur­day.

This state­ment came dur­ing Sisi’s meet­ing with heads of Kuwaiti news­pa­pers, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), and the board mem­bers of Kuwait Jour­nal­ists As­so­ci­a­tion (KJA).

Kuwaiti Am­bas­sador to Egypt Saleh Al-Thuwaikh at­tended the meet­ing.

El-Sisi lauded dur­ing the meet­ing the dis­tin­guished re­la­tion be­tween Kuwait and Egypt es­pe­cially dur­ing the era of His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and pre­vi­ous rulers of the State of Kuwait.

“Such re­la­tion is a model to fol­low when con­cerned with broth­erly and friendly ties among Arab na­tions and brethren,” af­firmed Sisi who added that the Arab world was not only con­nected through in­ter­ests, but also via a uni­fied des­tiny and fu­ture.

The strength of Kuwaiti and Egyp­tian re­la­tion was ev­i­dent in the 1973 war against Is­raeli and the 1991 lib­er­a­tion of the State of Kuwait from Iraqi ag­gres­sors, noted Sisi who stressed that the se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity of Kuwait was an is­sue of vi­tal im­por­tance for Egypt.

Asked about the dras­tic de­vel­op­ment in the Arab re­gion since 2011, Sisi pointed out that what have tran­spired was not nec­es­sary the cor­rect re­ac­tion to very se­ri­ous is­sues and prob­lems.

“Arab in­tel­lec­tu­als and those who are en­light­ened must carry on their role to guide fu­ture gen­er­a­tions through ad­e­quate de­scrip­tion of what was re­ally oc­cur­ring in our coun­tries,” stated Sisi who called on such lead­ing fig­ures to look into the lessons that could be learned from ex­pe­ri­ences of the past.

In re­gard to Egypt, the Pres­i­dent said that the Egyp­tian peo­ple have spo­ken when they came out in mil­lions in June of 2013 to de­ter­mine their fu­ture and take charge of their own des­tiny.

Touch­ing on the Egyp­tian ef­forts to de-es­ca­late ten­sion be­tween Ha­mas and Is­rael, Sisi said that peace in the Mid­dle East was a strate­gic op­tion to bring upon a just and com­pre­hen­sive so­lu­tion for the Pales­tinian cause.

He hoped that the ef­forts would lead to the es­tab­lish­ment of an in­de­pen­dent Pales­tinian state with East Jerusalem as the cap­i­tal.

While Egypt was work­ing on the Mideast peace process, it also fo­cused on bring­ing dis­put­ing Pales­tinian fac­tions to­gether, in­di­cated Sisi, af­firm­ing that na­tional rec­on­cil­i­a­tion was a vi­tal step to es­tab­lish a fu­ture Pales­tinian state.

Meet­ing

Dur­ing the meet­ing, Pres­i­dent Sisi touched on the crises in Ye­men, Syria, and Libya, not­ing that what was oc­cur­ring in the re­spec­tive Arab na­tions should end peace­fully.

On Syria, Sisi stressed that it was im­por­tant to deny ac­cess for ex­trem­ist el­e­ments into the coun­try as part of a com­pre­hen­sive peace plan.

Bring­ing sta­bil­ity to Syria and else­where is within the po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic in­ter­est of the Arab world, said Sisi who called for elim­i­nat­ing ter­ror­ism in the re­gion.

El-Sisi took the chance to honor those who laid their lives in the ser­vice of Egypt through com­bat­ing ter­ror­ist el­e­ments in the coun­try, af­firm­ing that their sac­ri­fice was not in vain.

The Egyp­tian Pres­i­dent also touched on the coun­try’s road to­wards eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and re­form.

He re­vealed that ma­jor projects in Egypt were fi­nal­ized in record time, not­ing that re­cent achieve­ments in­cluded hous­ing projects com­pro­mis­ing of mil­lions of apart­ment units ded­i­cated to some 200,000 fam­i­lies who were liv­ing shan­ty­towns and squat­ter ar­eas.

The Pres­i­dent in­vited the Kuwaiti me­dia del­e­ga­tion to visit the com­pleted hous­ing projects in Egypt as well as fi­nal­ized in­fras­truc­ture projects to wit­ness the achieve­ments.

Re­forms have im­proved eco­nomic in­dices in Egypt, said Sisi who re­vealed that growth in 2017/2018 went up by 5.3 per­cent while mone­tary re­serves in Egypt reached $44 bil­lion.

He added that there were ef­forts to re­duce the bud­get deficit to less than 10 per­cent from the gross na­tional in­come.

Re­fer­ring to the pe­riod af­ter his re-elec­tion in 2018, Sisi noted that re­forms would also touch the ed­u­ca­tion and higher ed­u­ca­tion sec­tors, af­firm­ing that sev­eral ac­cords would be signed soon to el­e­vate the level of ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try.

On the health sec­tor de­vel­op­ment, the Pres­i­dent said that Egypt was em­bark­ing on a ma­jor pro­ject tar­get­ing 50 mil­lion Egyp­tians to erad­i­cate the hep­ati­tis c virus and other con­ta­gious ail­ments.

El-Sisi jumped into de­vel­op­ing the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of Egypt youths, stress­ing that not fu­ture for a coun­try with­out the en­ergy of the na­tions’ young gen­er­a­tion.

There are sev­eral pro­grams aimed at con­nect­ing the lead­er­ship of Egypt with the youth to en­sure the coun­try’s bright fu­ture, said Al-Sisi who af­firmed that the youths would build the fu­ture with the wis­dom and as­sis­tance of the older gen­er­a­tion of cit­i­zens.

Mean­while, Sisi veered off and touched on the sit­u­a­tion with Ethiopia and the Al-Nadha dam is­sue, say­ing that the two coun­tries were work­ing to­gether to en­sure that all in­volved par­ties would ben­e­fit from the dam pro­ject.

KUNA photo

A group photo shows Pres­i­dent El-Sisi with a del­e­ga­tion of heads of Kuwaiti news­pa­pers.

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