Sisi com­mends Amir’s role in re­gional sta­bil­ity, se­cu­rity

Egyp­tian pres­i­dent meets Kuwaiti me­dia del­e­ga­tion to dis­cuss a range of top­ics

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CAIRO: HH the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah con­tin­ues to play a piv­otal role in main­tain­ing re­gional sta­bil­ity and se­cu­rity, Egyp­tian Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah Al-Sisi said yes­ter­day. This state­ment came dur­ing Sisi’s meet­ing with heads of Kuwaiti news­pa­pers, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), and board mem­bers of Kuwait Jour­nal­ists As­so­ci­a­tion (KJA). Kuwaiti Am­bas­sador to Egypt Saleh Al-Thuwaikh also at­tended the meet­ing.

Sisi lauded dur­ing the meet­ing the dis­tin­guished re­la­tions be­tween Kuwait and Egypt, es­pe­cially dur­ing the era of HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah and the pre­vi­ous rulers of Kuwait. “Such a re­la­tion­ship 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 is not only con­nected through in­ter­ests, but also via a uni­fied des­tiny and fu­ture.

The strength of Kuwaiti and Egyp­tian re­la­tions was ev­i­dent in the 1973 war against Is­rael and the 1991 lib­er­a­tion of Kuwait from Iraqi ag­gres­sors, noted Sisi, who stressed that the se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity of Kuwait is an is­sue of vi­tal im­por­tance for Egypt. Asked about the dras­tic de­vel­op­ments in the Arab re­gion since 2011, Sisi pointed out that what tran­spired was not nec­es­sar­ily 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 an 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 the ex­pe­ri­ences of the past.

With re­gards to Egypt, the pres­i­dent said the Egyp­tian peo­ple had spo­ken when they came out in mil­lions in June 2013 to de­ter­mine their fu­ture and take charge of their own des­tiny. Touch­ing on Egyp­tian ef­forts to deesca­late ten­sion be­tween Ha­mas and Is­rael, Sisi said peace in the Mid­dle East was a strate­gic op­tion to bring upon a just and com­pre­hen­sive so­lu­tion for the Pales­tinian cause. He hoped that ef­forts would lead to the es­tab­lish­ment of an in­de­pen­dent Pales­tinian state with east Jerusalem as its cap­i­tal.

While Egypt is work­ing on the Mideast peace process, it is also fo­cused on bring­ing dis­put­ing Pales­tinian fac­tions to­gether, in­di­cated Sisi, af­firm­ing that na­tional rec­on­cil­i­a­tion is a vi­tal step to es­tab­lish a fu­ture Pales­tinian state. Dur­ing the meet­ing, Sisi touched on the crises in Ye­men, Syria and Libya, not­ing that what was oc­cur­ring in these Arab na­tions should end peace­fully.

On Syria, Sisi stressed that it was im­por­tant to deny ac­cess to 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. 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 path to­wards eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and re­form. Sisi re­vealed that ma­jor projects in Egypt were fi­nal­ized in record time, not­ing that re­cent achieve­ments in­cluded hous­ing projects com­pro­mis­ing mil­lions of apart­ment units ded­i­cated to some 200,000 fam­i­lies who were liv­ing in shan­ty­towns and squat­ter ar­eas. Sisi 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 of the gross na­tional in­come. Re­fer­ring to the pe­riod af­ter his re-election in 2018, Sisi noted that re­forms will also touch the ed­u­ca­tion and higher ed­u­ca­tion sec­tors, af­firm­ing that sev­eral ac­cords will be signed soon to el­e­vate the level of ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try. On the health sec­tor’s de­vel­op­ment, the pres­i­dent said Egypt is em­bark­ing on a ma­jor project tar­get­ing 50 mil­lion Egyp­tians to erad­i­cate the hep­ati­tis C virus and other con­ta­gious dis­eases. Sisi spoke about de­vel­op­ing the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of Egypt youth, stress­ing that there is no fu­ture for a coun­try without the en­ergy of its young gen­er­a­tion. There are sev­eral pro­grams aimed at con­nect­ing the lead­er­ship of Egypt with the youth to en­sure the coun­try’s bright fu­ture, said Sisi, who af­firmed that the youth would build the fu­ture with the wis­dom and as­sis­tance of the older gen­er­a­tion of cit­i­zens. Sisi also 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 will ben­e­fit from the dam project.


CAIRO: Egyp­tian Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah Al-Sisi meets Kuwait Times Ed­i­tor-in-Chief Abd Al-Rah­man Al-Alyan yes­ter­day.


CAIRO: Egyp­tian Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah Al-Sisi meets heads of Kuwaiti news­pa­pers, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) and board mem­bers of Kuwait Jour­nal­ists As­so­ci­a­tion (KJA) yes­ter­day. Kuwaiti Am­bas­sador to Egypt Saleh Al-Thuwaikh also at­tended the meet­ing.

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