Presidential Activity February 2017
Monday، 06 March 2017 - 03:35 PM
In February 2017, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi continued his remarkable activities that included a number of meetings, most notably were his meetings with Lebanese President, Togolese President and Jordanian King.
President Sisialso had a busy schedule where he had several meetings on internal affairs.
President's Meetings with officials
February 2: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, Central Bank of Egypt Governor Tarek Amer and the defense, interior, finance and justice ministers, along with the heads of the general intelligence agency and the Administrative Control Authority and issued directives to expand social protection networks and take all measures to alleviate the suffering of low-income and most needy people.
February 4: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Minister of Communications and Information Technology Yasser el-Kady and called for developing the sector, continuing the implementation of youth rehabilitation and training programs on using the best means of modern technology, supporting creativity and innovative ideas and providing value-added services
February 5: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and Electricity Minister Mohamed Shaker to discuss progress achieved in power projects.
February 7: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi chaired the first meeting of the Supreme Tourism Council and stressed the vital importance of the tourism sector, which plays an important role in creating jobs for youth.
February 11: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Prime Minister, the governor of the Central Bank of Egypt, the ministers of foreign affairs, interior, justice and finance and the head of the intelligence service along with the chairman of the Administrative Control Authority and said that credible international reports indicate that the national economy is on the right track. President Sisi said that credible international reports also indicate that the current comprehensive economic reform program is achieving its desired results, thanks to the courage and understanding of the Egyptian people as well as a climate of stability and security taking root in Egypt day after day.
February 23: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met with leaders of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces and the Supreme Council of Police and issued directives to continue coordination between the Armed Forces and police to ensure the country's security and stability. He, meanwhile, underlined the importance of maintaining a high level of vigilance to foil attempts by terrorist groups to jeopardize Egypt's security and stability.
February 26: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayyeb where they discussed efforts to renew the religious discourse. Al Azhar scholars have a major role to play to promote the civilized model of Islam in the face of extremist calls, Sisi stressed.
February 27: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Suez Canal Authority chairman Mohab Mamish and praised efforts exerted by the Suez Canal Authority to develop work in the Canal region to boost the country's economy and create more job opportunities for Egypt' s youth. Sisi stressed the importance of the Canal as one of the vital elements of international trade and navigation.
February 27: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Housing Minister Moustafa Madboli and gave his directives to implement a different administrative model in the new cities via uprooting bureaucracy and adopting flexibility in dealing with investors and citizens to achieve rapid development rates in these regions and make it a model for other new ventures being implemented nationwide. He stressed also the importance of abiding by the timetable of implementing the venture of roads and main axes and developing the existing ones to alleviate the traffic congestion. Sisi was briefed about the project of developing sanitation stations of Kima 1 and 2 in Aswan.
Sisi on surprise visit to Military Academy (February 3, 2017)
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi made a surprise visit to the Military Academy.The president shared the students their morning exercises.President Abdel Fattah El Sisi inspected the stages of physical and skills training at the academy.The president shared the students their bike tour on Cairo streets.He also attended swimming exercises and had breakfast with them.The president chatted with the students and lauded their distinguished capabilities.The president called on the students to continue training to boost their efficiency, cling to the sublime military principles and sacrifice for their nation.The president said the Military Academy students represent an example for Egyptian youths, highlighting their role in protecting the nation.
Sisi attends Armed Forces 24th seminar (February 9, 2017)
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi attended the 24th seminar under the theme of countering terror... a nation's will.The seminar is organized by the Moral Affairs Department of the Armed Forces. The president referred to terrorism saying it is the most malignant means to destroy countries not only the regimes.President Sisi pointed out that terrorism wreaked havoc on many countries such as Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya.He said that Egypt has been fighting terrorism alone for three and a half years, praising the role of the Armed Forces and police in fighting terrorism.
Sisi opens Egypt petroleum show 'EGYPS 2017' (February 14, 2017)
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi opened Egypt Petroleum Show (EGYPS 2017), which will run until Friday.The conference sees the participation of Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, Petroleum Minister Tarek el Molla along with a host of ministers and representatives of international companies.The conference reflects Egypt's keenness on supporting the energy sector, which is considered a main pillar of national economy. President Sisi inspected the pavilions held by the countries and Egyptian and international companies taking part in the conference. He also met with a host of representatives of the participating companies and tackled ways of promoting the petroleum and gas sector.
Sisi on surprise visit to Police Academy (February 24, 2017)
During a surprise visit to the Police Academy, President Abdel Fattah El Sisiinspected the morning exercises of the academy's students, especially physical and skills training.The president shared the students their bike tour on Cairo streets.He also attended swimming exercises and had breakfast with them. The president chatted with the students and lauded their distinguished capabilities.The president thanked Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar – who was present during Sisi's visit - and the academy's teaching staff for their efforts to prepare the academy's cadets to protect Egypt's security and maintain its stability.
Sisi pays surprise visit to students of Presidential Leadership Program (February 27, 2017)
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi paid a surprise visit to the students of the second course of the Presidential Leadership Program (PLP).President Sisi told the students the PLP aims at making a new generation of young people qualified in a scientific approach in order to be able to lead state's positions.The program provides an opportunity to discover the potential of young people and properly employ them, a matter that would serve the state by means of maximizing benefit from their qualifications.Sisi expressed hope the program would provide the participants with a comprehensive vision on state management and ways to deal with the challenges and problems in a practical and integrated manner.He reviewed achievements made over the past three years in terms of consolidating state institutions and launching national projects aimed at bolstering the national economy, despite threats imposed on Egypt as a result of the tense regional situation and terror plots to destabilize the country.The president expressed confidence in the Egyptian people’s ability to overcome all challenges as long as they maintained solidarity and was aware of dangers surrounding the country.He added that the national projects launched in the various governorates contributed to providing 2-3 million jobs, in addition to upgrading infrastructure and services provided to citizens.
Lebanese President Visit to Egypt (February 13, 2017)
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Lebanese President Michel Aoun at Ittihadia Palace.Sisi and Lebanese President discussed the conditions of Lebanese community in Egypt and the problems facing its members. President Sisi reiterated Egypt's full support to Lebanon.The talks of two Presidents deal with strengthening bilateral cooperation between Cairo and Beirut in various fields, in addition to the situation in the region, especially the Syrian crisis, Palestinian issue, file of the refugees and the fight against terrorism.
Togolese President Visit to Egypt (February 16, 2017)
President Abdel Fattah El Sisireceived Togolese President Faure Gnassingbé at the Ittihadiya presidential palace. President Sisi said that the visit reflects the distinguished relations between the two countries and emphasized that Egypt is committed to forging closer cooperation with Togo across all fields. He said that Egypt is keen on promoting cooperation with Togo in the various spheres, particularly in trade, infrastructure, maritime transport, agriculture and health.He added that the visit also comes within the framework of Egypt's efforts to further advance its relations with all African countries as well as its openness to Africa and its causes.President Gnassingbé, for his part, expressed deep appreciation for Egypt's leadership and people.
Jordanian King Visit to Egypt (February 21, 2017)
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received King Abdullah II of Jordan upon his arrival to Cairo International Airport in a several hours' visit to Egypt.Sisi and Abdullah discussed means of boosting strategic relations between their countries.The two leaders stressed the importance of supporting the Arab League with the aim to unify Arab stances in the face of challenges.They also discussed future steps that should be taken to end the stalemate in the Middle East peace process, especially after US President Donald Trump came to office.Figuring high at the talks were also regional issues of mutual concern, atop of which the Syrian crisis.Sisi and King Abdullah also voiced support for an Iraqi operation to liberate Mosul from Daesh terrorist group.The two leaders also discussed Egyptian efforts to unify Libyan parties and maintain the sovereignty of Libya.They agreed on the need for the world community to unite to counter terrorism and extremism through an integrated strategy that takes into consideration the military, cultural, economic and intellectual aspects.
President's meetings with foreign officials
February 2:President Sisimet a delegation from the Middle East Institute of Washington, D.C. led by its President Wendy Chamberlin and comprising a number of former US ambassadors to Egypt, including Frank Wisner. He asserted Egypt's keenness on continuing efforts to revive the Palestinian-Israeli peace process.Sisi stressed that hammering out a permanent and just solution to the Palestinian cause would present a new reality that would maintain the interests of all Arab countries and contribute to restoring stability.The president underlined the importance of the strategic Egyptian-US relations, Egypt's keenness on boosting them in the coming period in addition to increasing cooperation with the new US administration to regain momentum to the bilateral ties.
February 12:President Sisi received a delegation of the US House of Representatives.Sisi hailed as "strong" relations between Cairo and Washington, expressing desire to further boost cooperation and coordination with the new US administration.The US delegates stressed support for all efforts to enhance bilateral ties with Egypt, especially after Donald Trump came to office.He added that the delegates are looking forward to meeting president Sisi soon in Washington. It would be a good chance to talk in detail about means to upgrade bilateral relations and coordination. Sisi posted the delegates on Egypt's efforts to counter terrorism, especially through correcting the religious discourse.Sisi also talked about Egypt's non-stop efforts to revive the Middle East peace process, noting that a two-state solution would help achieve stability in the region.
February 14:President Sisi has said it is important to help Arab countries which are facing crises. Action should be taken to restore stability to those countries, Sisi said in a meeting with President of the Arab Parliament Mashaal bin Fahm al Selami.Egypt is keen on helping all Arab countries without interfering in their domestic affairs and is doing its best for peace to prevail in the Arab world, Sisi told his guest. During the meeting, Mashaalreviewed a document issued by the second conference of speakers of Arab parliaments.The meeting also took up conditions in the Arab world, with Sisi reiterating Egypt's constant stance in support of the Arab national security, which is integral to Egypt's own.
February 15:President Sisi receives United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.President Sisi stressed Egypt's keenness on boosting cooperation with the UN in all fields.
February 15:President Sisi received Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova in presence of Foreign Minister SamehShoukry and a host of senior UNESCO officials.Sisi awarded Bokova the Order of the Republic of the first class in appreciation of her efforts to boost cooperation between Egypt and UNESCO, her contribution to improving a number of cultural projects in Egypt within the past period along with her role in maintaining international humanitarian heritage.Sisi lauded Bokova’s ability to lead the UNESCO in light of many difficult challenges, asserting Egypt’s full support for the efforts of the organization.Also, Sisi asserted that Egypt has a successful ambitious program to comprehensive cultural development including establishing museums to maintain the Egyptian heritage and renew the religious discourse to strengthen the values of tolerance and coexistence.Sisi said that terror has nothing to do with the tolerant principles of religions.
February 19:President Abdel Fattah El Sisireceived a delegation of US and Jewish organizations. The President has reiterated the importance of reaching a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian problem, seeing in it a top priority that would help achieve peace and economic development in the region.Sisi said Egypt is acting to achieve comprehensive economic development through a number of measures meant to upgrade the infrastructure and build new cities and industrial zones. Sisi also touched upon measures to facilitate investment and counter corruption. Egypt is still fighting terrorism, which is a big threat to the Middle East region and the world.The delegation praised Egypt's pivotal role in achieving stability and peace in the Middle East and in countering terrorism.
February 22:President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said Egypt has been open to Africa over the past years, adding that Cairo is keen on boosting relations in various domains with all African countries.Sisi made the remarks as he received visiting heads of Africa's supreme and constitutional courts, currently taking part in the conference organized over the past two days by the Egyptian Supreme Constitutional Court.President Sisi welcomed the African guests, noting that the conference is held in Egypt for the first time with the aim of backing the judiciary's role in African communities, promoting cooperation and exchanging expertise among African constitutional courts.Sisi lauded the key and pivotal role played by supreme and constitutional courts in African countries, stressing that to achieve the aspired comprehensive development goals in Africa, it is necessary to maintain justice in order to provide an environment suitable for attaining development.
February 25:President Sisibriefed British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnsonon the steps of the ongoing economic reform program. He affirmed Egypt's keenness on achieving a qualitative leap in relations with the UK at all levels, especially with regard to promoting economic cooperation and increasing British investments in the country.He added that Egypt welcomes the support provided by the UK to Egypt to reach a loan agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).The president said Egypt is keen on boosting cooperation with the UK in various fields, particularly in university and pre-university education as well as encouraging British investments in Egypt and expanding such activities in the coming period, especially in Suez Canal Economic Zone project.For his part, Johnson expressed appreciation for distinguished relations linking his country with Egypt and Britain's aspiration to upgrade them to wider horizons.
February 26:In a meeting with Joseph L. Votel, commander of US Central Command, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi hailed as "strategic and special" military relations with Washington. Sisi called for boosting international coordination to reach a joint and integrated strategy to face challenges, atop of which terrorism.Sisi told Votel Egypt has, over the past three years, spared no effort in its fight against terrorism and extremism.
February 28:During a meeting with French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi welcomed growing cooperation between the two sides. He has praised Egyptian-French relations particularly in the military domains.The president bestowed the order of the republic of the first class on the French minister in appreciation of his efforts in boosting military cooperation between the two sides.The French minister expressed his keenness on promoting cooperation with Egypt especially in the military domain.
President Sisi’s visit to Kenya (February 17, 2017)
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi started a one-day visit to Kenya.During his visit, Sisi met Kenyan President UhuruKenyatt where they discussed ways to boost economic relations between the two countries, particularly in the light of their membership in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).The two leaders held a session of talks followed by another session attended by the delegations of the two countries.President Sisi renewed keenness on boosting relations with Kenya in various fields, and working together to achieve the common interests of the two countries.The talks also touched upon supporting development efforts in the Nile Basin countries.The talks also dealt with regional issues of common concern, especially the situations in South Sudan and Somalia.The two presidents stressed the need for continued coordination in order to work toward achieving peace and stability in the region. President Sisi and President Kenyatta agreed to hold the seventh session of the Egyptian-Kenyan joint committee meetings, under the two countries' foreign ministers in 2017.
By: Noha Ibrahim &Marwa Adel