Sisi in Munich: Egypt seeks expressing interests of African peoples

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Saturday said that Egypt is seeking to express the interests of the African peoples and their need to achieve stability and progress.

In his speech at the main session of the Munich Security Conference, president Sisi added that the conference is held this year amid growing challenges and dangers including the continuation of tension and conflict at the international level and the spread of terrorism and extremism along with increasing rates of crime.

These challenges would undermine national institutions and pose danger to the stability and security of peoples, added president Sisi.

President Sisi underlined the necessity of working to enhance international efforts for confronting these challenges.

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi added in his speech at Munich Security Policy Conference that these challenges are very clear in the Middle East and Africa.

There are many armed conflicts and civil wars along with ethnic disputes and terrorist attacks in these two regions, he added.

All these challenges need sincere international cooperation for solving them through ending conflicts and protecting human rights along with empowering women.

These challenges also need upgrading the sectors of education, health and infrastructure, he added.

In light of these challenges, the African Union’s priority is to push up regional economic integration and increasing investments in the infrastructure domain along with increasing inter-trade movement.

The African Union is also working on reconstructing areas that are affected by armed conflicts, added the president.

The president added in his speech at Munich Security Policy Conference that Africa has great potentials of natural and human resources if well invested will make Africa the driving force for world economic growth.

He added that terrorism became an international phenomenon leading to undermining the stability of societies. This requires everybody to work seriously for uprooting terrorism which is threatening development efforts.

Fighting terrorism requires fighting terrorist groups and countries that are supporting it for achieving regional ambitions and political goals, the president pointed out.

He further noted that the unsettled Palestinian issue is a main source of instability in the Middle East. The international community should exert all efforts for ending this conflict in accordance with international resolutions and the two-state principle.

Also, the Libyan issue is one of the most important African issues that needs extending support for the political track and backing State institutions and the military there to end this crisis, said the president.

It is also important to talk about the issue of illegal migration and refugees which requires a comprehensive solution, added the president.

Source: State Information Service Egypt