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Presidential Activity June 2017

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President's meetings with officials

June 3: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi chaired the first meeting of the National Payments Council. The goals include reducing the use of banknotes outside the banking sector, encouraging the use of electronic payment channels, working to achieve financial inclusion in order to integrate the largest number of citizens in the banking system, and integrating the informal sector into the formal sector.

June 4: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and Education Minister Tareq Shawky. During the meeting, he underscored the importance of improving the education quality and paying a special attention to hone skills of teachers and improve their social and living conditions. During the meeting, Sisi said education is one of the most important national projects that aims at developing the capabilities of the coming generations.

June 7: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi attended conference held on the elimination of illegal buildings on state lands. Sisi called for opening discussions between the different ministries and state bodies to solve this issue. The president said the priority will be given to removing violations on the islands of the River Nile. "The state will not allow anybody to pollute the Nile water," he vowed, adding that the state pays millions of pounds to establish water treatment plants to clean the Nile water.

June 8: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met Chairman of the Supreme Council of Media Makram Mohamed Ahmed, Head of the National Agency of the Press Karam Gabr, Head of the National Agency for Media Hussein Zein and Chairman of the State Information Service (SIS) Diaa Rashwan. The president underlined the importance of the role of the media and press in molding the awareness of the citizens and getting them acquainted with the recent developments at the national and international levels, said the spokesman.

June 14: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi urged exerting more efforts to lower budget deficit and public debt. Sisi gave the remarks during his meeting with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and Finance Minister Amr el Garhy. The meeting comes as part of periodical follow-up of the economic and financial performance and State efforts to bring down budget deficit and public debt. Sisi underlined the importance of periodically assessing economic reform measures to be able to address the current challenges.

June 15: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met Minister of Housing and Urban Development Mostafa Madbouly as well as Executive Director of Dar Al-Handasah Consultants Company Mohamed Yehia Zaki. During the meeting, the housing minister reviewed the work progress in the new administrative capital, including a housing district besides the executive position of extending utilities to the new capital.

June 17: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi called for exerting more efforts to improve education and overcome challenges that face its renaissance. During a meeting with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and Minister of Education Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, the president said state educational institutions are requested to provide students with the necessary tools to sharpen their skills needed by the labor market. The president directed the minister to start establishment of an education and innovation zone in the new capital city. In his decision, the president said this zone shall include branches of the public and international universities.

June 17: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi accepted to chair the board of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), and ordered continuing efforts to renovate archaeological sites and attaching necessary importance to them as they represent a national wealth for Egypt. During a meeting with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anany, Sisi gave directives to immediately usher projects to restore different ancient sites and museums and to accomplish them as scheduled.

June 17: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi asserted the importance of continuing the implementation of a plan to reform and develop the public business sector companies to effectively contribute to efforts of promoting the national economy.The president, who was speaking during a meeting with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and Public Sector Affairs Minister Ashraf Sharqawy ordered to go ahead with efforts meant to restructure losing firms to help them to achieve profits by making best use of their assets and providing them with modern technologies.

June 20: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi reviewed the government's measures to meet the people's needs, maintain the availability of commodities and foodstuff and control the market prices ahead of Eidul Fitr. Sisi's move came at a meeting with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, the Central Bank of Egypt Governor Tarek Amer as well as the ministers of defense and military production, interior, justice, finance, supply and internal trade.

Presidential Decrees         

- President Abdel Fattah El Sisi ratified the sports law no. 71 of 2017.

- President Abdel Fattah El Sisi ratified the investment law, after it was passed by the House of Representatives.

- President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has approved the Foreign Ministry's promotions issued by Minister Sameh Shoukry.

- President Abdel Fattah El Sisi ratified Sunday some modifications on the anti-exam cheating law, after the House of Representatives passed them.

- President Abdel Fattah El Sisi issued on Sunday a decree to amend some provisions of the Commercial Register Law no. 34 of 1976.

- President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has issued a decree to pardon some convicts on the occasion of Eidul Fitr (lesser Eid) and the 65th anniversary of the July 23, 1952 revolution.

- President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has endorsed a law giving a special pay rise of 10 percent of the basic salary to state employees who are not governed by the civil service law, after it was approved by parliament.

- President Abdel Fattah El Sisi endorsed a law on a cost of living allowance of 10 percent of the basic salary, with a minimum of 65 pounds and a maximum of 130 pounds per month for the employees who are not regulated by the civil service law.

- President Abdel Fattah El Sisi issued a presidential decree pardoning 502 prisoners.

- President Abdel Fattah El Sisi ratified the Egyptian-Saudi maritime border demarcation agreement.

Speeches and Statements

Celebration of Laylatul Qadr June 21, 2017

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi attended celebration of Laylatul Qadr (the night when the first verse of the Holy Qur'an was revealed). The celebration, organized by Awqaf (Endowments) Ministry. Sisi  delivered a speech during the celebration on current Islamic regional and international issues. He also greeted  Muslims in Egypt and the Islamic world on this occasion.

Fourth anniversary of the June 30 Revolution

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said the June 30 Revolution will remain a bright spot in Egypt's long history. Marking the fourth anniversary of the June 30 Revolution, Sisi added that unprecedented numbers of the Egyptian people flocked to streets four years ago to make a unique model in the history of popular revolutions. In June 30, 2013, the Egyptians made a unique model in the history of popular revolutions when they flocked to streets to secure their country, territory, identity, independence and freedom from forces that believed they had succeeded in controlling Egypt's capabilities, he added. The Egyptian people have ordered their army and security forces to confront physical or moral terrorism since the revolution's early days, he added. The Egyptians uprooted a fascist religious regime, Sisi said. He hailed massive sacrifices of the Armed Forces and police in the country's war on terrorism. Sisi said the revolution also had to confront foreign forces that support terrorism and extremist groups. The June 30 Revolution marked the restoration of Egypt's active regional role by confronting countries that finance and sponsor terrorism and its groups, as well as helping sisterly countries to preserve their sovereignty and territorial integrity, and to rebuild their national institutions, he added. He pledged to continue Egypt's role in supporting stability, security, peace and prosperity in the region.

Iftar banquets

June 3: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi attended an Iftar banquet that was organized under the auspices of President Sisi. The Iftar is aimed to honor the Egyptian women on the occasion of Sisi's declaration of 2017 as the Year of Egyptian Woman. President Sisi hailed the great role played by Egyptian women in enduring the burdens of economic reform, saying that this role helped cope up with the current difficult economic situation the Egyptian society is going through.

June 6: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi attended an an Iftar banquet organized by the army on the anniversary of the 10th of Ramadan victory. President Sisi hailed efforts exerted by the armed forces to maintain security of homeland against threats and regional challenges. The army shows neutrality and impartiality in practice and is effectively participating to building the economy of this country, he said. He paid tribute to the names of army and police personnel who sacrificed their lives to protect homeland. 

June 14: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi made a surprise visit to one of Cairo security checkpoints at Iftar (fast-breaking) time. Sisi shook hands with security men and had Iftar with them.

June 18: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received a number of citizens at his residence, where they had the Iftar (fast-breaking) meal together. Upon their arrival, Sisi spoke with the citizens about the latest developments in Egypt.

June 20: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi attended an Iftar banquet of the Egyptian family. President Sisi applauded the Egyptian people's awareness and understanding of decisions taken by the government in the framework of the economic reform program.

President's meetings with foreign officials

June 1: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met representatives of Australian and New Zealand churches. He asserted keenness on supporting the principles of citizenship, pluralism and acceptance of the other. The visit aims to assert the churches’ support for Egypt in its war against terrorism. The meeting tackled international efforts aiming to spread tolerance, coexistence and acceptance of the other and establish peace in the world. Egypt will continue to be a model for peaceful coexistence, the spokesman quoted president Sisi as having said.

June 3: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour. Sisi hailed as deeply-rooted relations between Egypt and Sudan, calling for working on promoting joint cooperation.

June 5: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met French Minister of the Armed Forces Sylvie Goulard. President Sisi said he is looking forward to pushing forward cooperation and partnership between Egypt and France. President also said he is keen to enhance coordination and consultation in the light of strategic relations in general and the military cooperation in particular. The President stressed the importance of adopting a tough stance towards the states, which are proved to be supporting terrorist groups with money and arms or other states, which harbor terrorist elements or provide a safe haven for them.

June 8: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met visiting French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in the presence of Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. Sisi urged maintaining coordination between Egypt and France on issues of mutual concern, notably fighting terrorism. He also called on the international community to exert more efforts to confront terrorism and stop the funding of terrorist groups.

June 14: President Abdel Fatah El Sisi received Iraqi Vice-President Ayad Allawi. President El Sisi and the Iraqi Vice-President discussed ways to boost bilateral cooperation between the two countries, in addition to latest regional and international issues. Sisi stressed on Egypt’s keenness to support the Iraqi people and to enhance bilateral ties in all fields. For his part, Iraqi Vice-President Allawi expressed his nation’s appreciation for Egypt’ support, stressing on the significance of Egypt’s pivotal role in maintaining the stability and safety of the Arab world.

June 15: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Mike Pompeo. During the meeting, Sisi lauded the strength of security and military relations binding Egypt and the US, saying these strong relations contributed to laying down the foundations of peace and stability in the region and addressing regional and international challenges. Sisi stressed that relations between Egypt and the US are strategic and long-standing, saying Egypt is keen on promoting these relations to better serve the interests of the two peoples.

President Sisi's reception for States' Presidents

Burkina Faso President's Visit (June 7)

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kabore. President Abdel Fattah El Sisi held talks with Kabore on the latest regional developments, including the situation in Libya, the Sahel region, and a number of African issues. He said talks showed that Egypt and Burkina Fast share close viewpoints towards different topics and are in an agreement on the importance of achieving regional peace and security and fighting terrorism and organized crime in African Sahel region. For his part, Kabore thanked Sisi for inviting him to visit Egypt, adding that they discussed boosting cooperation in various fields including health, military ones, along with efforts of fighting terrorism. He expressed readiness to benefit from the Egyptian experience in fighting terrorism to enhance peace and stability in Africa.

Bahraini King's Visit (June 8)

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Bahraini King Hamad bin Issa al Khalifa upon arrival at Cairo International Airport. President Sisi and King Hamad started bilateral talks at Cairo's Ittihadiya Presidential Palace. President Sisi and King Hamad agreed on promoting the joint Arab action.

The two leaders stressed the need to establish relations among Arab countries based on the principles of mutual respect and non-interference in each other’s internal affairs. They called for more international actions to reach political settlement of the region's crises.  Sisi hailed the constant coordination with Bahrain on various topics of common concern. He praised the relations between Cairo and Manama as well as the role of Bahrain in promoting the joint Arab action. The Bahraini leader, for his part, appreciated the Egyptian stances supporting Bahrain, stressing that Egypt will be always a pillar of Arab and region security.

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Visit (June 20)

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan. The two leaders held bilateral talks, before taking part in an expanded session of talks involving the delegations of the two countries. Sisi hailed distinguished Egyptian-UAE relations and the level of coordination and continued consultation maintained between the two countries on various issues of common concern. Sisi and bin Zayed expressed their keenness to further develop bilateral relations at all levels. Sisi and bin Zayed discussed the recent developments in the region's crises and efforts to combat terrorism. The two sides stressed the importance of concerted efforts of all Arab countries as well as the international community in the fight against terrorism at all levels, in particular stopping financial, political, media support for the terrorist groups, as well as putting an end to supplying them with arms and fighters.

Conferences

G20 Africa Partnership Conference, Berlin, June 12    

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi headed  to Berlin to attend the G20 Africa Partnership Conference. Sisi had talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He attended a round-table on private investment in infrastructure projects in African countries. The president also met with a host of German ministers. He will attended the opening session of the Egyptian-German economic forum.

1st Nile Basin Countries Presidential Summit, Uganda, June 21-22

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi participated in the Nile Basin States Summit in Uganda on 21st and 22nd June 2017. Egypt participates in the Nile Basin Countries Presidential Summit with a new proposal for Nile basin heads of state to solve the Entebbe Agreement bones of contention.  The proposal includes a number of principles governing Nile water management, mechanisms of joint cooperation and defining its main lines for water security for all and establishing the principle of non-damage. The Egyptian proposal is a legal framework that is consistent with international law and treaties regulating relations between the river countries cross-border, which confirm that the river belongs to all countries of the basin, the right of everyone to benefit from it within the framework of the fair and equitable use of water, the right of no harm to the historical rights of any of the countries of the basin, the right of maximizing joint gains, and equitable balance between the countries that have other water sources and countries that rely entirely on their share of the river water, the right of providing notification beforehand regarding any project that may affect the interests of other parties and the exchange of information relating to the river projects in full transparency.

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