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Presidential Activities July 2016

Wednesday، 03 August 2016 - 04:36 PM

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi had a busy schedule, during July, that included a number of activities and meetings, notably his participation in the African Union (AU) summit in Rwanda and his inspection of El Asmarat housing project in addition to his meeting with the head of India's Bohra sect.

President's meetings with officials

On 2/7/2016: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and Investment Minister Dalia Khorshid. During the meeting, President Sisi approved a proposal to establish a higher council for investment to supervise the State's business strategies and take necessary measures to promote investments. The minister briefed the President about a program to increase indirect investments coming to Egypt, the spokesman said.

On 3/7/2016: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and Electricity and Renewable Energy Minister Mohamed Shaker. President Sisi underlined the importance of increasing efforts to enhance power transmission networks to improve services provided to citizens. He, meanwhile, said that it is important to continue awareness campaigns to rationalize electricity consumption. Sisi also hailed the citizens for responding to these campaigns, noting that rational electricity consumption runs in the interest of the citizens.

On 3/7/2016: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathy and Tourism Minister Yehia Rashed. President Sisi underlined that efforts to promote the tourism sector in Egypt should continue and support should be offered to workers in the sector in light of the challenges facing them. During a meeting with, the president called for starting initiatives to encourage domestic tourism among youths in particular to familiarize them with tourist destinations in the country.

On 9/7/2016: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi underlined the importance of taking all necessary measures to continue reducing public debt and increasing foreign reserve. The remark was made at a meeting with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt Tarek Amer and Finance Minister Amr El Garhy. The president stressed the necessity to support low-income and needy people and to protect them from the impact of any economic reform. Sisi urged also providing basic commodities at affordable prices.

On 9/7/2016: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi stressed the importance of social housing projects, underlining the State's role in providing decent homes for citizens, especially youths. The State is keen on eliminating slums and building new houses for the citizens' safety, President Sisi said at a meeting with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, Housing Minister Moustafa Madbouli and head of the Armed Forces' Engineering Authority Kamel el Wazir. The president called for adopting the highest international quality standards in desalinating water in order to protect the health of people.

On 10/7/2016: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi held a meeting with Supply and Internal Trade Minister Khaled Hanafi. President Sisi asserted the necessity to continue efforts for providing foodstuffs at affordable prices on the markets. He issued directives to the supply ministry and other bodies concerned to go ahead with their measures to control prices and ensure high quality of commodities offered on markets.

On 10/7/2016: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi stressed the importance of continuing efforts to develop and reform the public sector. During a meeting with Minister of Public Business Sector Ashraf el Sharqawi, Sisi urged following up the implementation of investment projects carried out by the public sector.

On 10/7/2016: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi held a meeting with Minister of Awqaf Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa and reviewed a strategy seeking better understanding of the upright teachings of Islam. President Sisi stressed his support for the ministry's plans on this score.

On 11/7/2016: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Minister of State for Migration Nabila Makram. Sisi stressed the importance of continuing efforts to take care of Egyptians abroad and provide all means necessary to protect, support and link them to their homeland, the spokesman said. The President said Egypt welcomes the investments of its citizens abroad and their participation in national projects. The president tasked the minister to take all necessary measures to find a settlement to the problem of Egyptian citizens residing in Saudi Arabia who had performed Hajj without obtaining necessary documents, stressing the importance of coordination with the Saudi authorities in this regard. The president underlined the importance of respecting instructions and rules set by the Saudi authorities to organize the pilgrimage seasons, praising efforts exerted by the kingdom to organize the pilgrimage to the fullest.

On 13/7/2016: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met Minister of Interior Magdy Abdel Ghaffar. During the meeting, the Interior Minister briefed Sisi on the outcome of his latest visit to Germany at the invitation of his German counterpart. President Sisi praised Egyptian-German relations saying that Egypt is keen to develop them in all domains in a way that serves both friendly countries. The visit dealt with an agreement in the security field which tackles many issues of mutual concern like exchanging information as well as means of combating e-crimes and terrorism as well as money laundering. The meeting also took up training the Egyptian policemen abroad in order to enhance their security role.

On 13/7/2016: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit to discuss preparations for the upcoming Arab Summit that will take place in Mauritania late July. Sisi stressed the need to act to enhance joint Arab action, especially in such critical time and given challenges facing the Arab world. The president hoped that the upcoming Arab Summit would be successful and would help achieve the aspirations of the whole Arab peoples.Abul Gheit posted Sisi on documents on joint Arab action that will be discussed during the summit. Egypt chairs the current session of the Arab Summit.

On 19/7/2016: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met Prime Minister Sherif Ismail. Sisi underlined the importance of continuing the government's efforts to provide an attractive atmosphere of direct and indirect investments, stressing the need to take legal and administrative measures to facilitate procedures for investors.

On 25/7/2016: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi assigned Prime Minister Sherif Ismail to head the Egyptian delegation to the Arab Summitin Nouakchott, Mauritania. At a meeting, Sisi and Ismail discussed a number of domestic and international files, mainly the upcoming Arab Summit. Sisi assigned Ismail to convey a greeting message to Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. Ismail briefed Sisi on the progress of a number of services and development projects carried out by the government.

On 26/7/2016: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi held a meeting with his meeting on Tuesday 26/7/2016 with Minister of Housing Mostafa Madboli along with Head of the Egyptian Armed Forces Engineering Authority Maj Gen Kamel el Wazeer. President Sisi underlined the importance of national housing projects and plans to provide alternative housing for residents of shanty towns. Sisi gave directives to evacuate slum areas as part of steps taken to confront this problem. Sisi also highlighted the state's role in providing suitable housing for citizens, stressing Egypt's keenness on extending all utilities to them.

On 27/7/2016: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and members of the ministerial economic committee to review the latest financial developments. Ismail posted Sisi on the outcome of committee talks to secure funds needed to restore stability to the financial and monetary markets. The meeting also took up the outcome of negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to support an economic reform program adopted by the Egyptian government, he added. Sisi stressed that cooperation with the IMF should also help boost world confidence in the Egyptian economy and lure foreign investments, which in turn would achieve monetary and financial stability. Action should be taken to strike a balance between rationalization measures included in the reform program and steps meant to contain their impact on the limited income brackets, Sisi told the committee.

Field Tours

On 12/7/2016: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi attended the graduation ceremony of the 153rd batch of the Non-Commissioned Officers Academy in El Tal El Kabir city. The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, General Commander of the Armed Forces and Defense and Military Production Minister Sedqi Sobhi, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Mahmoud Hegazy, in addition to a number of ministers, top military brass and public figures. The ceremony included a military parade to show the officers' hand-to-hand combat skills and capabilities. The graduation ceremony also involved a display of the basic Karate Katas and Kung Fu techniques. The academy's students also practiced somersaults. They also made a show of using light weapons in self-defense. The students also performed a military parade.

On 14/7/2016: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met a group of learners of the Presidential Leadership Program (PLP) and told them he was keen to hear the ideas and opinions of youths. The PLP aims to prepare and qualify youths on handling responsibility by making them aware of the challenges facing the Egyptian state, Sisi said. The president held an open frank dialogue with the youths on the main causes concerning the public opinion and was asked 18 questions by the students on education, price hikes, dollar crisis, religious discourse renewal, Egypt’s foreign political relations especially with Africa, administrative corruption, the lack of services in Upper Egypt, social justice, tourism promotion and preserving antiquities. President Sisi shed light on efforts by the state in the file of foreign policy to restore the country’s regional and international role.

On 14/7/2016: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi attended the graduation ceremony of the 67th batch of the Naval Academy and the 44th batch of the Air Defense Academy. President Sisi congratulated the new graduates of the Naval and Air Defense Academies. In a speech on this occasion, Sisi wished success for the graduates in their mission to protect Egypt during this critical time.

On 19/7/2016: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi attended the graduation ceremony of a new batch of the Police Academy at its premises in New Cairo. Upon his arrival to the academy, the President was received by Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, former President Adly Mansour, Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghafar, Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed el-Tayyeb and Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark Diocese. The ceremony began by playing the national anthem. The students also presented a military parade using the latest equipment and vehicles. Students from the Egyptian Military Academy also took part in the military parade. President Sisi conferred the second class Order of Distinction on the top graduates of the Police Academy, the Post-Graduate Studies College and the Police Research Center.

On 19/7/2016: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi inspected the third phase of El Asmarat project that includes the establishment of 1,680 social housing units for slum dwellers within one year. During his inspection tour, the President listened to a detailed explanation about the pace of implementing the project. The President stressed the necessity of finalizing all planned projects according to the timetable set for them. Sisi also discussed with a number of engineering faculty students, who are receiving training in national projects carried out by the State, the practical knowledge they gained from these projects.

On 20/7/2016: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi attended the graduation of the 83rd batch of the Egyptian Air Academy. The event started with playing the national anthem. After the national anthem was played, a Gazelle helicopter flew carrying the Egyptian flag and the flags of Armed Forces branches. The Air Academy cadets started a military parade, which passed in front of the platform of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi. Air forces of different classes carried out formations in the air, including a raid to show their distinguished organization, planning and training.

On 21/7/2016: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi attended the graduation ceremony of new batches of military academies and institutes. The President attended the passing-out of the 110th batch of the Military Academy, the 53rd batch of the Military Technical College, the 45th batch of the Armed Forces Technical Institute and the 19th batch of Technical Nursing Institute.

On 23/7/2016: On the anniversary of July 23 Revolution 1952, Sisi said this revolution is a landmark in the history of Egypt as it crowned a long struggle of the Egyptian people in defense of their freedom and their right to live in dignity. He said the 1952 Revolution has succeeded in ending the foreign occupation and achieving economic and social development. It also inspired other nations, in Africa, Asia and Latin America, to attain their freedom and end occupation of their lands. Sisi said this great revolution marked a new era of the human history and inspired the Egyptians with great values that helped them with the phase of building their country and achieving the aspired-for development. July 23 Revolution has not only fought oppression and tyranny, but it was accompanied with an all-out development in the economic and social aspects of life and introduced great achievements in the industrial sector that are still influential till present. Sisi asserted that Egypt's national security will remain a top priority that will never be squandered under any circumstances. "Independence of our country does not only mean end of foreign occupation, but it is the independence of our national will away from any pressure or preconditions from any other party".

Phone Calls:

July 4: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received a phone call from Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny who lauded the distinguished relations binding Egypt and Ireland, asserting that his country is keen on boosting bilateral cooperation at the different levels especially that Egypt is the cornerstone of stability and security in the Middle East. Meanwhile, Sisi voiced appreciation to the balanced Irish stances, asserting Egypt’s keenness on improving friendship and cooperation ties.

July 5: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received a phone call from Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani. The Emir greeted President Sisi on the occasion of Eidul Fitr.

July 6: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi held a phone conversation with King Salman of Saudi Arabia. During the phone talks, he greeted the king on the occasion of Eidul Fitr. He renewed support to the kingdom and voiced Egypt's solidarity in the face of terrorism. 

July 15: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi made a phone conversation with French President François Hollande to express condolences over the terror attack that occurred in Nice. The President voiced deep sympathy to the families of the victims and wished speedy recovery for the injured. Sisi stressed full support and solidarity with Paris, urging the international community to show more concerted efforts to curb terrorism.

July 20: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received a phone call from South Sudanese President Salva Kiir. The two leaders discussed the latest developments and the security situation in South Sudan.

July 23: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi offered condolences to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas over the death of his brother Omar Abbas. During a phone call, President Sisi stressed the depth of Egyptian-Palestinian relations at the popular and official levels.

President's meetings with foreign officials:

July 10: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Morocco's Foreign Minister Salah Eddin Mezouar and said that Egypt seeks boosting cooperation with Morocco at all levels, particularly in light of challenges facing the Arab world, which require strengthening joint Arab action .

July 11: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received board member of Maersk Group and CEO of APM Terminals Kim Fejfer. The Maersk board member lauded the ongoing cooperation with the Egyptian authorities, especially with the Suez Canal Authority. President Sisi asserted that Egypt is looking forward to boosting cooperation with Maersk.

July 26: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said that Egypt was looking forward to upgrading bilateral relations with Britain. Sisi made the comments at a meeting with a group of friends of Egypt from the British parliament led by member of the House of Commons Gerald Howarth. President Sisi said that he followed up developments after the British people voted for leaving the European Union and forming a new British government.

July 26: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has stressed Egypt's keenness on boosting cooperation with Pakistan. Cairo is seeking to benefit from Islamabad's know-how in countering terrorism, Sisi said in a meeting with Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif .

July 27: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Malawi's Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation George Chaponda. the President expressed Egypt's keenness on promoting relations in various domains, pointing out that Egypt is open to the African continent.

President's participation in AU Summit (July 17-18, Kigali, Rwand

July 16: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi arrived to Rwanda to take part in the 27th African Summit, which started in Kigali, with the participation of heads of State and government of member States. President Sisi attended an unofficial session of African leaders.The session focused on the funding of AU activities and ways to increase financial resources to help implement ambitious projects and programs.

July 17: In his speech at unofficial talks, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi stressed the importance of discussing ways to increase resources to implement ambitious programs and projects in Africa. The President also stressed the importance of doubling efforts of preventive diplomacy to ward off conflicts and disputes in Africa.

President's meetings on the side lines of AU Summit:

July 16: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi stressed Egypt's support for Mali in order to help Bamako restore stability and rebuild the country. The President made the remarks at a meeting with his Malian counterpart Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on the sidelines of his participation in the African Union summit in Kigali, Rwanda.

July 17: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and his African counterparts took part in a closed session to elect a new chairman of the AU commission, his deputy and commissioners.

July 17: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi took part in the official opening session of the 27th  Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government, which kicked off in the Rwanda capital Kigali.

July 17: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met with his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame on the sidelines of the 27th Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government. Sisi affirmed Egypt's keenness to adopt a stable foreign policy based on cooperation and solidarity with the brotherly African countries within the framework of mutual respect and non-interference in internal affair.

July 17: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said that Egypt continue providing technical support and training programs for Togo in all fields through the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development to contribute to building the capacities of the Togolese people to help them achieve economic and social development. President Sisi made the remarks at a meeting with his Togolese counterpart Faure Gnassingbe on the sidelines of the 27th African Union Summit.

July 18: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi conferred in Kigali with Burkina Faso's President Marc Kabore and President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou on the sidelines of the 27th  Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government, concluded earlier in the day. The President affirmed Egypt's keenness on boosting bilateral relations with the two countries. Egypt continues to provide technical support and training programs for the two countries in all fields through the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development (EAPD).

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