Presidential Activity November 2017
Sunday، 03 December 2017 - 03:40 PM
World Youth Forum
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi inaugurated on 5/11/2017 activities of the World Youth Forum in Sharm El Sheikh, with more than 3000 youths from 113 countries and 52 official delegations attending.
Under the slogan All for Peace and Development, youth and sports, ministers from 19 countries, in addition to envoys of the UN Secretary General and of the African Union, are attending.
In his address to the World Youth Forum, President Sisi said that terrorism violates and ruins humanity, stressing that he will list fighting terrorism as one of human rights in Egypt.
We must all take up our historical responsibilities in creating a better vision for tomorrow that includes a safe and stable world whose members live in peace and enjoy freedom of belief and opinion without violence or religious, sectarian, ethnic or sexual discrimination, he said.
President Sisi said the great youths of Egypt managed to impose their will and preserve their identity, civilization and their heritage against those who tried to erase their identity and ruin their civilization.
On the sidelines of the World Youth Forum
- President Sisi attended on Tuesday 07/11/2016 a session on "Challenges and Issues Facing World Youth...Means to Overcome towards Building a Better Future". President Sisi said the unbalanced population growth negatively affects development efforts.
Egypt has an annual population growth of up to 2.5 million, he pointed out.
The Egyptian citizen has not seen improvement in his income over the past 50 years, he said, adding that creating a real job opportunity in Egypt costs between EGP 100,000 and one million.
Tackling issues without learning the truth destroys nations and does not help anyone, he said, adding that Egypt is combating terror and at the same time achieving development in education and health files.
- President Sisi started an open meeting on Tuesday 7/11/2017 with a number of Egyptian and foreign youths within the framework of the World Youth Forum held in Sharm El Sheikh.
- President Sisi on Tuesday7/11/2017 inspected a handicrafts exhibition. During his tour, President Sisi expressed his admiration for some of these handicrafts made of seashells and ceramics, which show Egypt’s indigenous heritage, in addition to raw materials used in manufacturing these items. Also, the Egyptian leader was shown a collection of cotton textiles, including bright-colored covers, and different types of woodwork.
- President Sisi called on youth taking part in the simulation session of the UN Security Council to document all their discussions and recommendations and send them to the Security Council. This will be the first youth-made document to be prepared at an international conference bringing youths from all around the world in Egypt, Sisi said at the closing session of the simulation session of the UN Security Council organized as part of the World Youth Forum.
- President Sisi participated in an international peace marathon. The "All for Peace" marathon started from Mohammed Bin Zayed Street in downtown Sharm El Sheikh.
- President Sisi said he is proud of the youths who participated in the World Youth Forum in Sharm el Sheikh, making it a world-class event. Addressing the closing session of the forum, President Sisi said the event was a chance for exchanging views and listening to different visions. Youths participating in the forum have designed an icon of enthusiasm and purity, he said, adding the gathering is shining with positive power.
This forum could be a platform for communication between world youths, Sisi added, affirming that Cairo would fully support such a platform.
President Sisi read out the recommendations of the WYF. It came as follows:
Firstly, assigning the organizing committee of the World Youth Forum to take measures to turn the forum into an international center concerned with Arab-African-international dialogue between the word’s youths.
Second, tasking the Foreign Ministry to coordinate with concerned state bodies and international agencies, topped by the UN General Assembly, to adopt decisions issued by a simulation of the UN Security Council that was carried out by youths from Egypt and the world during the forum.
Third, assigning the organizing committee to hold the forum annually in November in Sharm el Sheikh.
Fourth, the ministries of culture, antiquities, higher education, and planning shall take the necessary actions to establish a center for culture and civilization integration. The center aims at finding a mechanism for communication and rapprochement of cultures.
Fifth, the WYF's organizing committee shall work, in coordination with the state agencies in concern, to establish an Egyptian-African center for youths which should provide shelter for "youth power".
Sixth, the National Academy to Train and Qualify Youths' board of trustees will work on a plan of academic and cultural exchange with foreign academies, institutions and training centers to find scholarships for students from Arab, African, Asian and Latin American countries.
Seventh, the organizing committee shall form a sub-committee of experts from various countries to develop a strategy to confront illegal immigration, extremism and illiteracy. The strategy shall be put up for discussion during the next round of the World Youth Forum in 2018.
Eighth, the ministers of higher education and communications and information technology shall work together in cooperation with the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology to establish a regional center for technology innovation. The center is meant to provide scientific and financial support for innovators from Arab and African countries.
Ninth, the forum’s organizing committee will host delegation of youths from various countries to hold workshops and seminars over 2018 to discuss files listed on the agenda of this year’s edition of the forum.
Tenth, the cabinet shall work in cooperation with the ministries in concern to establish a regional entrepreneurship and SMEs support center.
World Youth Forum Meetings
- President Sisi reiterated Egypt's backing for Lebanon in maintaining its security and stability in the face of current challenges. Sisi's remarks were made during his meeting with Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, who is participating in the four-day World Youth Forum, due to kick off later in the day. The spokesman noted that Sisi welcomed the Lebanese speaker and voiced his appreciation for his keenness on participating in the WYF.Sisi also praised the depth of Egyptian-Lebanese relations and voiced hope over further promoting them in the various fields, the spokesman added.
- President Sisi received in Sharm El Sheikh Prince Al Hassan bin Talal, the head of the Arab Thought Forum. The president welcomed at the start of the meeting the Jordanian prince's participation in the World Youth Forum, praising Egyptian-Jordanian ties. The president praised the Jordanian prince's efforts to crystallize a contemporary Arab thought that serves the issues of progress, tolerance, development and intellectual openness. The meeting dealt with the terrorism phenomenon, said the spokesman, adding that the president asserted that Egypt's vision is based on the importance of rallying international efforts to combat terrorism. For his part, the Jordanian prince praised the World Youth Forum describing it as a channel for communication among youth in the world.
- President Sisi asserted Egypt's keenness on boosting cooperation with China in the field of education and scientific research to benefit from the Chinese expertise. Sisi made the comments during his meeting Monday with Chinese Education Minister Chen Baosheng on the sidelines of the World Youth Forum. The president welcomed the minister who was delegated by the Chinese president to the forum. The Chinese official, for his part, conveyed the Chinese president’s greetings to his Egyptian counterpart. He lauded the strategic relations binding China and Egypt, stressing his country’s keenness on boosting ties at all levels.
- President Sisi asserted Egypt's keenness on boosting cooperation with China in the field of education and scientific research to benefit from the Chinese expertise. Sisi made the comments during his meeting with Chinese Education Minister Chen Baosheng on the sidelines of the World Youth Forum, currently in session in Sharm el Sheikh. The president welcomed the minister who was delegated by the Chinese president to the forum. The Chinese official, for his part, conveyed the Chinese president’s greetings to his Egyptian counterpart. He lauded the strategic relations binding China and Egypt, stressing his country’s keenness on boosting ties at all levels.
- President Sisi had talks with visiting Chadian President Idriss Déby on means of boosting bilateral cooperation along with a host of regional issues. The two leaders agreed on holding continued consultations and coordination, stressing keenness on fostering cooperation between the two countries in various domains. Sisi voiced appreciation for Déby's keenness on attending the WYF. Déby hailed the organization of the event which addresses several issues pertaining to youths.
- President Sisi discussed with the French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian means of boosting bilateral ties and the latest escalations of crises sweeping the Middle East region. Sisi also lauded joint cooperation and bilateral relations with France, which he said are witnessing development and growth at various levels, presidential spokesman Bassam Rady stated.
In this regard, President Sisi pointed to his successful visit to France in October, during which Cairo and Paris inked memorandums of understanding on several fields. Meanwhile, the French minister praised the World Youth Forum, saying it contributes to the convergence of viewpoints and exchanging experiences among youth worldwide. Le Drian noted that Paris is keen to develop its relations with Cairo in various fields, describing Egypt as one of France’s strategic partners in the Middle East.
President Sisi interview with CNBC
President Sisi stressed in an interview with CNBC that regional stability is very important. Sisi called on Middle Eastern nations to maintain stability just as tensions were suddenly spiking. Sisi said stability in the region is "fragile" in view of the state of unrest in countries such as Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Somalia.
Asked about President Donald Trump, President Sisi said "I am very much admiring of President Trump. I anticipated his victory and I anticipate that he will succeed in managing a country as massive as the US,”
Sisi told CNBC that elections in Egypt will be held in March or April 2018.
Sisi said he will not seek a third term, and instead respect the country's constitution which permits its leaders to serve only two four-year terms.
President's meetings with officials
November 13: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi held a meeting with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and CBE Governor Tareq Amer along with the ministers of interior, justice, finance, supply and internal trade. The meeting took up the results of the World Youth Forum (WYF) that was held in Sharm El Sheikh. Sisi stressed the necessity of implementing the recommendations issued by the WYF and the governmental periodic follow-up to ensure carrying out its resolutions that were issued with the aim of benefiting from the youth's capabilities and depending on them in various domains. The meeting also tackled governmental measures to provide suitable quantities of basic commodities at reasonable prices nationwide in line with maintaining their strategic stock.
November 14: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi issued directives to make use of the tourist and industrial potentials in western Egypt. The President’s remarks were made during his meeting with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and Matrouh Governor Alaa Abu Zeid, during which he also urged establishing integrated entities including the necessary facilities and services in a way that contributes to improving people’s living conditions.
November 19: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi held a meeting with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, Finance Minister Amr el Garhi, and Vice Minister of Finance for Fiscal Policies and Institutional Reform Ahmed Kouchouk and directed the government to enhance the social protection schemes to reduce the harmful effects of economic reforms on low-income brackets. Sisi also ordered the government to continue its fiscal consolidation and reforms to boost the state's financial ability to serve the education and health sectors.
November 24: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi chaired a meeting of the security committee. The meeting was attended by the ministers of defense and interior in addition to the head of the General Intelligence Service. The meeting was held in the wake of Arish mosque blast that occurred.
November 25: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi ordered that the Cabinet should continue providing all forms of support to the families of the victims of the North Sinai terrorist attack. He gave directives also to follow up the conditions of the wounded and offer them all needed medical, financial and social care. The President ordered beginning a comprehensive development plan to North Sinai's Bir Al Abd area where the attack took place. These remarks came during a meeting held between Sisi and acting premier and Housing Minister Moustafa Madboli.
November 26: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi called for taking all needed measures to reduce Egypt's public debt and increase cash reserves. During a meeting with Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt Tareq Amer, Sisi urged paying due regard to low-income brackets and securing additional funds to provide basic commodities for citizens.
November 1: President Sisi visited freed police officer Mohamed el Hayes, who is currently receiving treatment at a military hospital, to inquire after his health. Sisi praised the courage of the army and police forces in confronting terrorism and maintaining the safety and security of citizens and homeland. The president wished Hayes a speedy recovery in order to return to his service as soon as possible. Sisi was accompanied by Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghafar.
November 18: President Sisi inspected Ghalyoun fish farming project in Kafr el Sheikh. Sisi listened to head of the National Company for Fishery and Aquaculture (NCFA) Hamdy Badeen who presented a blow-by-blow report on the project. Badeen said that Ghalyoun land is not suitable for any kind of cultivation and that residents of the governorate either work in hunting or cultivation. Ghalyoun area which covers 4,000 feddans, has been divided into three farmlands including one for freshwater fish, another for shrimps production and a fishery, Badeen added.
November 29: President Sisi attended a ceremony marking Mouled el Nabawi (Prophet Muhammad's Birthday) anniversary. During the ceremony, Sisi delivered an address to the Islamic nation that tackled issues of concern to the Muslim world, especially ways of combating terrorism and extremism. Sisi also honored eight scholars and young imams from Egypt and other countries, who have made significant contributions to the religious life through their thoughts and knowledge.
Official Visits to Egypt
Zambian President’s visit (November 14, 2017)
President Sisi held talks with visiting Zambian President Edgar Lungu in Ittihadiya Presidential Palace. The two leaders discussed means of boosting bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of mutual concern. They also touched on the latest developments in Africa and stressed the need for intensifying coordination on issues of mutual concern.
President's meetings with foreign officials
November 1: President Sisi asserted Egypt's keenness on holding high the principles of citizenship and equality without any discrimination on religious and sectarian bases. The remark was made at a meeting with a delegation of the US Evangelical church. Attending the meeting were head of the Egyptian intelligence service Khaled Fawzy and head of the Evangelical Church in Egypt Andrea Zaki. President Sisi extended during the meeting condolences over Manhattan terrorist act which took place in New York.
November 12: President Sisi had talks with visiting Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed on a raft of regional issues alongside enhancing cooperation, especially in the economic domain. Prime Minister Sherif Ismail attended the meeting alongside a host of senior officials of both sides, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Radi said. Chahed conveyed greetings of Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, stressing the depth of bilateral ties. He highlighted the role played by Egypt which is deemed bedrock of security and stability in the Arab world. Chahed underlined his country's interest in boosting ties with Egypt in various domains. Sisi asked Chahed to convey his greetings to Essebsi, voicing hope that the joint higher committee meetings would give momentum to bilateral cooperation in various scores.
November 19: President Sisi reiterated that Egypt will remain a model of peaceful co-existence and tolerance. Sisi was speaking during a meeting with a delegation of the Evangelical sects from all over the world, currently visiting Egypt to participate in the Egypt's Evangelical Church's ceremonies to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The president greeted the delegation over the anniversary, stressing Egypt's appreciation for the Evangelical community in the country. Sisi renewed keenness to promote inter-faith dialogue for its importance among all peoples of the world, and to evaluate the principle of citizenship, the culture of pluralism and accepting others.
November 21: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri at the Ittihadiya presidential palace in Cairo.During their meeting, Sisi and Hariri discussed the latest developments in the region and the situation in Lebanon.
President's Foreign Visits
President Sisi’s visit to Cyprus
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi headed on Monday 20/11/2017 for Nicosia, Cyprus on a two-day official visit to attend the fifth trilateral summit with Cyprus and Greece.
President Sisi started talks with his Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades at the presidential palace. The talks focus on means to boost bilateral ties in the different domains and a number of regional and international issues of mutual interest.
Cypriot President Anastasiades granted President Sisi the Order of Makarios III, which is the highest order of merit awarded to presidents in Cyprus.
President Sisi and his Cypriot counterpart Anastasiades witnessed the inking of a number of cooperation agreements.
President Sisi held a joint press conference with his Cypriot counterpart. President Sisi stressed that relations binding Egypt and Cyrus are historic and based on deeply-rooted friendly ties between their leaderships and peoples throughout the history. He expressed appreciation for the constant Cypriot efforts to support Egypt.