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Presidential Activity April 2017

Sunday، 07 May 2017 - 12:52 PM

The intensive activity of the Egyptian diplomacy had its echo regionally and internationally during April. At the beginning of April President Sisi visited Washington and held a summit with President Trump. President Sisi after that headed to Riyadh and met King Salman to put an end to the rumors about tension between Cairo and Riyadh.

In the land of peace, Egypt received Pope Francis of the Vatican.

President's Meetings with officials

April 8: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi held a meeting including top-ranking ministers and officials where he expounded the outcome of his recent US visit. The meeting included the prime minister, the governor of the Central Bank of Egypt, the minister of defense and military production, the foreign minister, the interior minister, the justice minister, the finance minister, the head of the intelligence service, and the chairman of the Administrative Control Authority. The meeting dealt with the identical views of the Egyptian and US sides on the importance of enhancing strategic relations between the two countries. The meeting also reviewed recent regional developments, especially the crisis in Syria. Sisi ordered giving priority to offering supply commodities in all governorates at affordable prices. The president urged taking all measures for maintaining markets' stability and confronting any attempt to tamper with prices.

April 9: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi declared the state of emergency nationwide for three months after taking all legal and constitutional measures. The president said the announcement of the emergency state comes to protect the country's security and prevent any harm to its ability and capabilities. He called on security bodies to intensify efforts to arrest the perpetrators, criminals and those who are behind them as soon as possible to hold them to account. Sisi urged media to honestly and responsibly address the situation and to behave with awareness to avoid causing more suffering for people. The president announced forming a supreme council on combating terrorism and extremism in Egypt and issuing a law to grant powers to this council to fulfill its tasks in all media, judicial and legal aspects.

April 10: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has stressed the importance of providing high-standard services in the finance and business district in Egypt’s new administrative capital in order to create the appropriate atmosphere for all international companies and to be a model business area. At his meeting with Housing Minister Moustafa Madbouli, the president called for making the administrative capital a smart city that depends on state-of-the-art management systems. He also urged for building high-quality social housing units in the new capital to meet the needs of state employees who will be transferred to it from different ministries.

April 11: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has pressed for continued action to upgrade the electricity sector and improve services offered to citizens. In a meeting with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and Electricity Minister Mohamed Shaker, Sisi said a deadline to implement a plan to upgrade the national power grid should be met. He also called for expanding the use of pre-paid smart meters. Shaker posted the president on efforts to upgrade high-voltage power lines and upgrade control rooms and electricity transmitters across the country.

April 18: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi gave his orders to step up efforts aimed at developing the transport system in Egypt. During a meeting with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and Transport Minister Hesham Arafat, the president gave orders to finalize projects to develop Egypt's road and bridge network as soon as possible. Arafat briefed the president on efforts exerted to set up more bridges and develop the railway network nationwide.  The minister reviewed a plan to link the new administrative capital with the national railway network and develop Alexandria tramway network.

April 18: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi held a meeting with Finance Minister Amr el Garhy in the presence of Prime Minister Sherif Ismail. Garhy said the recent economic decisions started to achieve their desirable goals, citing Egypt's budget deficit which declined by 50 percent. Cutting the budget deficit during the 2017/2018 fiscal year will not affect social protection programs, Garhy promised. The president, meanwhile, urged stepping up efforts to carry out economic reforms and increase spending on health and education. He further called for expanding social protection programs to alleviate the burden on low-income brackets.

April 22: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi asserted necessity to exert more efforts to upgrade the youth and sports sector in Egypt. Sisi, who was speaking during a meeting with Youth and Sports Minister Khaled Abdel Aziz, hailed the achievements realized recently to have better sports facilities and youth centers. The efforts should go ahead in light of its contribution to hone capabilities of Egyptian young people and make use of their great abilities to enhance the comprehensive development process in the country, said the president.

The meeting also tackled the youth and sports ministry's endeavors to follow up the implementation of decisions taken at previous youth conferences. The meeting touched on also other efforts to support youth and sports events and projects nationwide, including those in the planned new administrative capital. The talks also tackled measures taken to establish a pro-sports fund.

April 30: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi called for improving the investment climate in Egypt to attract more investments into the country. Sisi made the remark at a meeting with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and Investment and International Cooperation Minister Sahar Nasr. All State institutions should work together to achieve this goal in light of the important role of investments in supporting the development process and creating jobs for youths, Sisi said. The investment funds contribute to financing small projects and development programs related to women and youths, especially in the most-needy governorates, the president said.

Field Tours

Sisi visits St Mark Cathedral (April 13, 2017)

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi visited St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, where he met with Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of Saint Mark Diocese. Sisi condoled with the Pope over the church victims who lost their lives in Sunday's blasts in Tanta and Alexandria.

Sisi visits CAPMAS premises (April 19, 2017)

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi visited the headquarters of the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) to follow up the implementation of the general census project. The president was received by Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, Planning Minister Hala el Saaed and CAPMAS Chairman Abu Bakr el Gendi. During his visit, Gendi posted the president on the details of the project, which is the first electronic census in Egypt and aims at establishing the largest database in the history of the country. The president also watched a documentary on the project. He also launched a commemorative stamp on this occasion. Wrapping up his visit, the president thanked all employees participating in the census that are estimated at 40,000. He also expressed his appreciation of their efforts in the first and second phases of the project.

3rd National Youth Conference (April 25-27, 2017)

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi attended activities of the National Youth Conference in Ismailia that coincides with celebrations of the 35th anniversary of Sinai Liberation Day. The conference attended by 1,200 youths from Suez, Port Said, Ismailia, North and South Sinai governorates, in addition to 200 youths representing the higher education and youth and sports ministries. The three-day conference discussed a host of issues, topped by facing hikes in commodity prices, promoting state efforts to provide social and health care for citizens, achieving sustainable development in the petroleum and electricity sectors.

A new initiative has been launched to allow citizens to send questions to President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on the National Youth Conference (NYC) website. The citizens had the chance, through the "Ask President" initiative, to raise questions to Sisi and express their opinions freely.

On the sidelines of the conference, the president inspected a number of institutions in Ismailia governorate.

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi attended on 26/4/2017 a session on sustainable development conference which tackles the fields of transport and housing. The session, which is held on the second day of the Youth Conference in Ismailia, was also attended by Defense Minister Sedqi Sobhi. Housing Minister Moustafa Madbouly was also present and gave a speech. The president said that so many projects are being implemented to improve the living conditions of citizens. Those projects are meant to also create jobs for Egyptians, the president told the session.

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on 27/4/2017 attended the closing session of the third National Youth Conference that was held in Ismailia.  The closing session was attended by the ministers of defense, interior and foreign affairs and public figures and youths. A group of youths presented recommendations for this year's edition of the youth conference. According to the recommendations, the next year was announced a year for people of special needs. Also, they included forming a working group of youths to follow up the governmental performance and refer proposals on this score to action programs. In the same context, the conference recommended forming another group of young civil servants at the Administrative Control Authority (ACA) to follow up the implementation of recommendations raised during this year's conference.

Sisi attends Labor Day ceremony (April 30, 2017)

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi attended a ceremony organized by the Egyptian Trade Union Federation (ETUF) on the occasion of Labor Day. The president delivered a speech at the ceremony to appreciate the Egyptian labor force that is a cornerstone of production and Egypt's economic progress.

During the celebration, President Sisi honored 12 veteran members of labor unions who worked hard in serving their field.

President's meetings with foreign officials

April 8: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received a delegation of members of the US House of Representatives. Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and U.S. Ambassador in Cairo Stephen Beecroft attended the meeting. President Sisi hailed the results of his recent visit to the United States, which represented an important step in boosting strategic relations between the two countries. Sisi told the delegation that he was keen on meeting a large number of Congressmen during the visit to discuss ways to develop coordination and cooperation between the two countries on issues of common interest in order to deal with the unprecedented challenges facing the Middle East.

April 11: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met visiting German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt to discuss boosting bilateral relations. The meeting took up agricultural cooperation between Cairo and Berlin. They talked about sharing technology and upgrading scientific research with the aim to hone skills of Egyptian workers in the fields of agriculture and animal production. The meeting also focused on joint projects in the fields of agriculture and animal production.

April 18: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met Ammar al Hakim, head of the Shiite National Alliance of Iraq. Sisi stressed Egypt's keenness on supporting Iraq's unity and sovereignty on all its soil and on helping restore security and stability there. The president called for action to overcome differences among political blocs in Iraq in order to avoid attempts to foment tension and sectarian division. The meeting took up the latest developments in Iraq, with Hakim posting Sisi on efforts being exerted to achieve national unity.

April 19: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu. The meeting took up means of promoting bilateral relations in the various domains. President Sisi confirmed that the Egyptian foreign policy is based on establishing balanced relations with all world countries. Egypt is not part of any conspiracy against any country and is not interfering in the internal affairs of other countries, the president asserted to the Ethiopian top diplomat. Rather, Egypt is working to cooperate with other parties concerned to reach political settlements to crises in the Middle East and Africa, President Sisi said.

April 20: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Egyptian Defense Minister Colonel General Sedki Sobhi, deputy US National Security Adviser for Strategic Affairs Dina Powell and US Ambassador in Cairo Robert S. Beecroft attended the talks. Sisi welcomed the US defense secretary, and expressed hope to continue their talks over military cooperation which they started at the Pentagon earlier this month during the Egyptian leader's visit to Washington. Sisi lauded strategic and strong relations between Egypt and the US, saying Egyptian-American relations managed to overcome many hardships that emerged over the past years. Sisi expressed Egypt's keenness that relations with the US would witness a strong boom under the Trump administration. He underlined the importance of drying up funding sources of terrorism and sending a decisive message to terrorism-sponsoring countries to stop financing terrorist organizations and supplying them with arms. Talks covered spheres of military cooperation between the two countries as well as regional and international challenges, including terrorism.

April 22: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met Omani Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi. Sisi welcomed Alawi and asked him to convey greetings to Sultan Qaboos bin Said, hailing Oman’s supportive stands for Egypt. Sisi stressed Egypt’s keenness on promoting cooperation with Oman in various domains. Sisi highlighted the importance of gearing up for the coming joint committee meeting due to be held in Muscat this year. Sisi wished the committee meeting would contribute to fostering bilateral cooperation in various scores. The meeting tackled ways of cementing bilateral cooperation alongside the latest regional developments and regional crises. The two sides agreed on the importance of rallying efforts to clinch political settlements maintaining the unity of lands of the crises-hit countries.

April 29: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Sisi asserted that the two-state solution is the only way to achieve stability in the region. President Sisi said Cairo is keen on reaching a just and comprehensive solution that maintains the rights of the Palestinian people. He said establishing a Palestinian state on the June 1967 borders with Al Quds as its capital is a key step to restore security in the Middle East. The president urged drumming up efforts to settle the Palestinian issue, calling on the US to play an effective role to resume the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations. Also, he reiterated the importance of the Arab initiative as the basis of a just solution for the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Pope Francis’ visit to Egypt (April 28, 2017)

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Pope Francis of the Vatican at al-Ittihadiya palace in Heliopolis, and held expanded talks in the presence of the two sides’ delegations. During the talks, President Sisi expressed his appreciation of Pope Francis’s humanitarian stances and his keenness to visit Egypt at this critical time.

For his part, Pope Francis hailed the important role played by Egypt in the Middle East to settle serious crises sweeping the region, expressing his support for Egypt’s efforts to eradicate violence and terrorism and bring about development.

Sisi and Pope Francis have touched on ways of fostering bilateral ties in different fields, especially that the papal visit comes to mark the 70th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations.

Addressing a meeting in the presence of the Pope, President Sisi expressed appreciation for Pope Francis of the Vatican for his noble stances and said his stances remove evil and disappointment from the lives of people. The president hailed as wise the Pope's deep understanding of the importance of addressing the complicated reality.

President Sisi's foreign visit

President Sisi’s visit to USA (April 6, 2017)

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi arrived in Washington on an official visit to the US at an invitation by US President Donald Trump. The visit comes as part of the two countries' keenness on promoting strategic relations.

Sisi and Trump discussed ways of promoting relations in the coming phase along with enhancing coordination with the new US administration to restore momentum to Egyptian-US ties. The visit, the first since Trump took office, include discussions on regional and international issues.

President Sisi met with senior US officials and members of Congress. He also met with leaders of the US Chamber of Commerce and heads of major US companies to probe investment opportunities in Egypt.

Also, President Sisi convened with officials of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund to discuss ways of promoting cooperation between Egypt and the two international bodies in the various economic spheres.

President Sisi’s visit to Saudia Arabia(April 23, 2017)

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi visits Saudi Arabia. The visit comes at an invitation of Saudi King Salman bin Abdel Aziz within the framework of the two sides' keenness on holding consultations on challenges to the Arab nation.

An Egyptian-Saudi summit held during the visit to discuss the strategic ties between the two countries.

The two leaders also discuss a host of regional and international issues of mutual concern, topped by combating terrorism that threatens peace and stability in the Arab region and the whole world.

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