Egypt State Information Service (SIS)
In A New Book by SIS … A Fruitful Harvest of President Sisi’s Visits to New York on Political, Economic Levels
Tuesday، 25 September 2018 - 03:11 PM
For the fifth time in a row, H.E. President Abdel Fattah El Sisi leads Egypt’s delegation to the high-level segment of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Since assuming office in June 2014, President El Sisi manifested full keenness to participate in all UNGA sessions held in September every year, thus being not only the first Egyptian president to attend five consecutive UNGA sessions but also the Egyptian President, whose five visits to the United Nations are more than the total visits paid by all Egyptian leaders since the inception of the UN.
On the occasion of the President’s fifth visit to the UN headquarters, the State Information Service (SIS) released a new book in both Arabic and English that contains an analysis of the major findings of President El Sisi’s previous four visits and documents the most significant activities and events of these visits and how they are closely associated with its political and economic interests, not to mention its national security. The new book was distributed to all media outlets, foreign correspondents and reporters of newspapers, TV stations and news agencies accredited in Egypt. On the other hand, the new book has been optimally utilized in New York to enhance the media coverage of the President’s visit.
The new book highlights that during the previous four visits, H.E. President El Sisi delivered many remarkable official speeches and statements, on top of which comes the four ones delivered at the UNGA, representing Egypt’s official vision, as well as all other statements at many conferences, summits and events held at the UN headquarters on the sidelines of the General Assembly meetings. In addition, President El Sisi’s previous four visits to New York witnessed intense activity as the President held dozens of meetings with many world leaders as well as with key media figures.
SIS new book unveils the most notable features that characterized President El Sisi’s participation in the UNGA sessions over the past four years during the first presidential term, thus yielding remarkable political results; Egypt regained its status both regionally and internationally on one hand and the international community has become more committed to boosting Egypt’s political and economic efforts on the other hand.
Undoubtedly, President El Sisi’s remarkable participation in UNGA annual meetings stands as a vivid embodiment of the great importance Egypt attaches to this global platform to address and reach out to the international community, thus bringing Egypt back at the highest level of leadership to voice its vision at this international podium. On the other land, President El Sisi’s regular participation in the UNGA consecutive sessions asserts, leaving no room to doubts, that Egypt accords special importance to the role played by this international organization as well as to the necessity to enhance this role and regain its influence in the world order on political, security, economic, social and cultural levels especially at the current period as this order is undergoing successive changes as regards the balance of power and pattern of international relations. In addition, the international community has been faceing common challenges that threaten peace, security and life on the earth, namely the serious issues of terrorism, refugees, climate changes, economic crises and the mushrooming culture of violence and extremism; in a way that requires full international cooperation and there is no organization better suited for that purpose than the United Nations and its organs.
From another perspective, President El Sisi’s participation in the UNGA sessions not only conveys a political and diplomatic message but also delivers a media message to all peoples of the world. Millions all over the globe follow the proceedings of the General Assembly meetings, thus the President, while attending the UNGA meeting is not only addressing, albeit important, the attendants at the General Assembly main hall, but rather addressing all peoples of the world, thus reducing much efforts required to portray the true image of Egypt and keep the international public opinion updated on its true positions.
Actually, starting from his first speech on 24/9/2014, President El-Sisi was keen on explaining the reality of all what happens and all developments taken place in Egypt, as well as the nature of what the Egyptian people had accomplished so as to get rid of the powers of extremism and darkness so that it regained its usual march in the human civilization. That time, the speeches of President El-Sisi had led to a global comprehension of Egypt's steps on the way of constructing a modern civil state and realizing peace and stability; as well as starting a comprehensive development operation and a social and economic reform in the country.
Hence, in his four speeches before the General Assembly, President El-Sisi was keen on explaining Egypt's internal and external policies in combating terrorism and Egypt's constructive cooperation with its partners in the Arab region, Middle East, Africa and the whole world as a partner for the sake of peace, stability and progress for all nations and its participation in solving all problems and current crises that create tragedies and hinder the peoples’ struggle for a decent life.
In his speeches, President El-Sisi had highlighted Egypt's clear stand towards all world issues. All these stands were political, diplomatic and media messages that led to an important effect and brief the international public opinion on Egypt’s true image and its political situations.
Maybe by reading and comparing the four Presidential addresses of El-Sisi, the intellectual and political consistency and the unshakable attitudes and principles expressed by the President concerning Egypt’s policy towards various international and foreign affairs, can be significantly revealed.
The SIS book shows how El-Sisi had taken advantage of his visits to New York in order to convene several meetings with world leaders, in addition to his meetings with officials of international organizations and representatives of other countries in the meetings of the international organization.
During the 69th session of the General Assembly, 2014, President El-Sisi held meetings with the presidents of the U.S, France, Iraq, South Korea, Mauritania, Uganda, Chili, Palestine, Cyprus, South Africa and the King of Jordan. He also held meetings with the Prime Ministers of Britain, Kuwait and Australia, along with international officials including the Secretary-General of the UN and President of the World Bank, not to mention officials of international economic circles and incumbent and former U.S officials.
In the 70th session, 2015, El-Sisi held meetings with the presidents of France, China, Croatia, Turkmenistan, Mali, Uruguay, Serbia, Senegal, Cyprus, Belarus, Panama, Palestine, and the King of Jordan, along with the Prime Ministers of Netherlands, India, Italy, German Chancellor, Ireland, Iraq, Hungary, Ethiopia, Lebanon and Greece, in addition to his meetings with international officials including the UN Secretary-General, the Secretary-General of the World Economic Forum, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the head of the Business Council of International Understanding (BCIU), and the President of the World Bank, in addition to attending several international multilateral summits.
In the 71st session, 2016, President El-Sisi held meetings with the Presidents of France, Cyprus, Romania, Palestine, Yemen, and the King of Jordan. He also held meetings with the Prime Ministers of Britain and Lebanon and international figures including the UN Secretary-General, President of the European Council, Head of the (BCIU) and President of the World Bank.
In the 72nd session of the General Assembly, 2017, El-Sisi held meetings with the presidents of the U.S, Palestine, Cyprus, Ghana, Brazil, Romania, Serbia and the King of Jordan. He also held meetings with the Prime Ministers of Israel and Italy, and international officials including the UN Secretary-General, President of the European Council, and Chief of the EU Commission for Immigration and Citizenship, and participated in several summits and multilateral meetings.
International and Regional Summits in New York
The SIS book adds that El-Sisi’s presence in New York was neither confined to attending the meetings of the General Assembly, nor to participating in the bilateral meetings that have been held on the periphery of the General Assembly’s meetings, but also attending several international summits that were held during this period and he personally was the head of some of them.
At the 70th session (September 2015), President Sisi participated in the "The United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda", which was attended by a number of Heads of State and Government. President Sisi, also, participated in the "Summit on Countering ISIS and Violent Extremism", called for by U.S President Barack Obama, at the time. Moreover, the president participated in the summit called for by the Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss ways of cooperation between the countries of the South.
- At the 71st session (September 2016), President Sisi participated in the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants in addition to a high-level meeting on this issue. President Sisi, also, presided over the meeting of the Security Council and African Peace, which has been chaired by Egypt and held at the headquarters of the United Nations. He, also, participated in the "Security Council Summit", which dealt with the developments in the Middle East and Syria. This was the first participation of any president of Egypt at a Security Council Summit. In addition, President Sisi presided over the meeting of the African Commission on Climate Change to discuss the outcomes of the World Climate Conference held earlier in Paris. In this meeting, the African position on the next World Conference on Climate Issues was coordinated.
At the 72nd session, the President participated in the "World Summit on Libya" organized by the United Nations with the participation of a number of Heads of State and Government, as he addressed the meeting, urging the international community to support efforts so as to achieve a comprehensive political settlement in Libya agreed upon by the Libyan parties, highlighting the importance of cooperation against terrorism in Libya. The President, also, participated in the United Nations Security Council summit on the reform of the United Nations peacekeeping operations, and reviewed the role of Egypt in this regard for being the seventh largest country in the world contributing to the peacekeeping operations.
Egyptian - American Dialogue
On the other hand, the presence of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in New York provides an opportunity to communicate with various decision-making circles in the United States of America, in light of the keenness of all politicians, research centers, former and incumbent officials to communicate with the President. The President was also keen to communicate with the major American media through which, he addressed the US and international public opinion on all Egyptian internal and external issues.
These meetings enhanced the channels of communication between Egypt and the United States, improved relations between the two countries and created more understanding of their respective positions on regional and international issues.
These meetings also covered various aspects concerning economic and commercial relations, and investments, among others:
During the 69th session of the General Assembly (September 2014), President El-Sisi had met the U.S. President –that time- Barack Obama in the presence of both countries’ delegations. A statement issued by the Egyptian Presidency said that the summit discussed the strategic bilateral relations, the American roles in Libya and Syria, terrorism and the international coalition against ISIS. President Obama, on his part, paid tribute to Egypt’s steps in the economic reform and in attracting foreign investments. Both countries agreed to have a strategic dialogue on the level of foreign ministers. Moreover, President Sisi had met the former U.S. President Bill Clinton and his spouse Helary Clinton, former U.S Secretary of State. The President spoke openly about the Egyptian people’s anger about the U.S general situation in the Middle East. The President had also met a big number of U.S former senior officials including Henry Kissinger, Madeleine Albright, Brent Scowcroft and board members of U.S companies working in Egypt.
In the 70th session of the General Assembly ( September 2015), the President had met a number of prominent and effective figures in the U.S. society that comprised former political and military officials, three of which were among the former national security advisors, namely Henry Kissinger, Brent Scowcroft, and Stephen Hedley, rather than Wesley Clark; NATO Supreme Allied Commander, and Admiral William Fallon; U.S. Commander of Central Command, in addition to a number of Congressmen, as well as leading thinkers as Richard Hase and Dennis Ross, and the Egyptian scientist Farouk Al-Baaz, where bilateral, regional and international issues have been discussed. The President had assured during these meetings, Egypt’s pride of the strategic relations with the U.S.A. Furthermore, he indicated that Egypt, with the support of its people, exerts efforts to confront terrorism. The prevalence of radicalism and extremism fuels conflicts that plagued the region. President El-Sisi had also met, in the same session, members of the American Chamber of Commerce and members of the U.S Egypt Business Council and explained to them the efforts exerted in the economic reform and in attracting direct investments. During the same session, there was shake hands between President Sisi and U.S President Barack Obama during Counter the ISIS Summit as President Obama had descended the main platform and shaked hands with President Sisi.
During the 71st session of the General Assembly in September 2016, President El-Sisi held a historic meeting with the presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as the President was keen on the necessity of equally responding to the candidates’ request. Thereafter, this meeting had made a major impact in establishing the basis of understanding and mutual appreciation between the two Presidents; El-Sisi and Trump. Moreover, it contributes to boosting the Egyptian- American relations to achieve a higher level of regional and international cooperation. During the same session, President El- Sisi met a great number of the influential persons in the Democratic and Republican parties, a number of the heads of the largest U.S corporations, the members of the American Chamber of Commerce, the Chairman of General Electric, a delegation of members of the U.S National Security Council, a number of the influential figures in the American society and former officials in the Pentagon.
During the 72nd session of the General Assembly in 2017, the President held a summit with U.S President Trump, who appreciated El-Sisi, praising the distinguished relations between the two countries. They discussed a number of the regional and international files such as means of reviving the peace process, where President El-Sisi explained Egypt’s efforts to achieve the Palestinian reconciliation for being a fundamental step to resume the negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides.
President Trump praised the Egyptian efforts in this respect, stressing the importance of coordination and consultation in this issue between the two countries. In addition, the president held a number of meetings with influential persons in the society and a number of secretaries, former military officials, Jewish leaders of research centers and organizations and think tank. The President also met the leaders of the largest U.S corporations, investment funds and financial firms in the framework of the American Chamber of Commerce in addition to a meeting with the members of the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU), which is a non-governmental American organization that encourages dialogue among the political leaders and business communities in all countries. This organization provides membership for a number of managers of the largest U.S corporations, investment funds and financial assets management corporations. All these meetings made the President’s visits to New York an important occasion for the Egyptian- American communication on all levels.
The Egyptian economy on the top priority
Despite the political, diplomatic and media importance of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s visits to the UN and his participations in the General Assembly meetings and other international summits, the economic part represents an important side of the president’s activity and interest during his presence in this international assembly.
As a result, the economic, investment and commercial meetings represent a great part of the President’s meetings in New York. This shows that the President pays a great attention to get an international support for Egypt’s efforts in the economic reform field and comprehensive development.
During the four visits of President El Sisi to New York, he hold four meetings with the President of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim, as the meeting with him is a permanent item on the president’s annual agenda. These meetings covered the economic developments in Egypt and World Bank’s, support for development and reform efforts in Egypt as well as providing the possible fund.
The President also met regularly with the members of the American Chamber of Commerce and every time they discussed the ways of enhancing and promoting the US investments in Egypt and ways of raising the trade exchange in addition to explain Egypt’s efforts in the economic field.
Also, President El Sisi met with Klaus Schuab, Executive Chairman of World Economic Forum “Davos Forum” in 2015, as they coordinated the regional meeting of the forum that was held in Sharm El Sheikh in May 2016.
As well, the President is keen on meeting the Business Council for International Understanding, which is a non-governmental organization, seeking enhance the political understanding for development.
At the same time, all the president’s participations, meetings and speeches in New York during the past four visits highlighted the top priority of the important economic part concerning development in Egypt, Africa and the world, in addition to explaining Egypt’s economic policies and urging the world to support its efforts in order to achieve better future for its people.
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