Presidential Activity July 2017
Monday، 31 July 2017 - 03:04 PM
In July 2017, follow-up of economic reform measures and the implementation of national projects to meet the needs of citizens were priorities of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi. The President also held various internal and external meetings.
At the internal level, the President had a number of field tours, which he inaugurated the U19 Basketball World Cup and witnessed also graduation ceremony of cadets at Police Academy, as well the inauguration of Mohamed Naguib Military Base in Alexandria, graduation of new military batches.
At the external level, President Sisi has toured in the Hungary, which participated in the Visegrad Group summit.
President's meetings with officials
July 1: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi held a meeting with the new heads of judicial authorities (Court of Cassation, State Lawsuits Authority and Administrative Prosecution Authority) and asserted his keenness on establishing the law on the basis of justice, equality and respect of legal institutions.
July 8: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi chaired a meeting with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail alongside the ministers of defence, foreign affairs, interior affairs, justice, finance and supply along with head of intelligence, head of the Administrative Control Authority (ACA) and Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) Tarek Amer to discuss a report on the terror attack that took place in Rafah in Northern Sinai Peninsula and to follow up economic performance.
July 10: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi held a meeting with Prime Minister, Trade and Industry Minister, Public Business Sector Minister and Agriculture Minister. The meeting tackled means to develop and support the cultivation of cotton and advance the spinning and weaving industry in a way that serves the national economy, fulfills the needs of the local market and increases exports.
July 10: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met with Prime Minister in the presence of Trade and Industry Minister and Transport Minister. President Sisi gave directives to continue the process of relocating the tanneries from Old Cairo to the new city, stressing that the State was committed to complete the process of re-location by the end of August. Sisi also ordered the transport ministry to extend the railway from Belbis city to Robeky city through the 10th of Ramadan City to ease the production in the new industrial city.
July 11: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi discussed with Prime Minister, Housing Minister and Investment and International Cooperation Minister and stressed the importance of finalizing projects in new cities on time. The meeting also tackled an offer by the China Fortune Land Development (CFLD) to establish four factories in the New Administrative Capital within five years.
July 15: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met with Prime Minister and a number of ministries and officials and affirmed that the economic reform program will continue, alongside tightening measures developed by the government to control prices and offer supply commodities at favorable prices and in appropriate amounts. The meeting also reviewed recent security developments, and the economic situation following the International Monetary Fund (IMF)'s approval to provide Egypt with the second loan installment.
July 17: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi presided over a meeting of Higher Council for the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy. The meeting reviewed strategies and mechanisms carried out by the Nuclear Power Plants Authority as well as the latest development concerning negotiations to establish and operate Dabaa nuclear power plant project. At the meeting, the President asserted the importance of benefiting from the peaceful use of nuclear energy in the fields of industry, agriculture and medicine as well as generating electricity.
July 18: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met with head of the Suez Canal Authority Mohab Mamish and stressed the importance of rallying the efforts of the State's institutions and coordinating among them to render the mega projects being carried out in the country a success. the president also called for quickly carrying out infrastructure projects in SCZone to increase investments and job opportunities in the area.
July 20: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi bestowed Orders of the Republic of the First Class on former State Council chairman Mohamed Abdel Hamid Masoud and former president of Cairo Court of Appeal Sarie Mohamed Badawy el Gamal, expressing his appreciation of the two judges for their efforts to enforce law and entrench justice.
July 26: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met with Marsa Matrouh Governor Alaa Abu Zeid to discuss development projects in the governorate. The President ordered providing the Marsa Matrouh international economic and tourism center with the highest security standards as part of a national project to develop Egypt's western governorates.
July 27: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met with Ali Adel Eshmawi, the commander of the northern military zone. Eshmawi reviewed a report on the work progress in a number of projects currently under construction in the area under his command. President Sisi highlighted the importance of commitment to the timetables set for the projects and establishing development projects in impoverished areas to provide a decent life for citizens there.
July 29: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met with the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and stressed commitment to proceed with all needed measures to maintain Egypt's security. The meeting tackled all plans and security measures adopted by the Armed Forces to protect homeland from any threats, especially North Sinai. The President stood on the measures taken by the Armed Forces to eradicate terror in Sinai and restore security and stability there.
July 29: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met with Interior Minister Magdy Abdel-Ghaffar and stressed the importance of continuing efforts meant to bring about more security for citizens in addition to boosting the role of police to facilitate the lives of people. President Sisi ordered more measures to be taken to control markets to combat high prices to ease suffering of people.
July 30: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met with Prime Minister and a number of ministries and officials and reviewing the outcome and recommendations of the fourth Youth Conference held at Bibliotheca Alexandrina. They reviewed steps to be taken for establishing the general agency for Upper Egypt development, which was announced during the activities of the third Youth Conference, held in Aswan in January. The move aims at improving services provided to Upper Egypt residents and creating jobs for them. Sisi highlighted the necessity of completing measures on establishing the body as soon as possible.
Sisi inaugurates U 19 Basketball World Cup (1-9 July, 2017)
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi witnessed the opening ceremony of the U19 Basketball World Cup. The games of the tournament will take place at Cairo International Stadium Indoor Halls Complex.
Sisi witnesses graduation ceremony of cadets at Police Academy (July 19, 2017)
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi witnessed at the Police Academy in New Cairo the graduation ceremony of cadets. The President attended the ceremony which included a military parade to manifest the students’ hand-to-hand combat skills and capabilities. The graduation ceremony also included a display of the basic Karate Katas and Kung Fu techniques. Meanwhile, the academy’s students make a show by using light weapons in self-defense and implementation of various security missions.
Sisi inaugurates Mohamed Naguib Military Base in Alex., graduation of new military batches (July 22, 2017)
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi inaugurated a military base in el Hammam city, west of Alexandria. The military base is named after late president Mohamed Naguib, it is the biggest in the Middle East and Africa regions. The President also witnessed the graduation ceremony of the 1,500 students of the Military Academy, which taking part in a show of physical fitness and self-defense exercises.
Fourth Youth Conference
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi inaugurated the 4th session of the national conference for youth held at the Alexandria Bibliotheca.
Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, a number of ministers along with almost 1,300 youth figures from various governorates and universities are attending the two-day conference.
He attended the inauguration of the conference. Verses of the holy Quran were read out at the beginning of the inaugural session. A documentary on recommendations of the previous youth conferences was then played.
Another documentary reflecting on an idea to hold a world youth forum was also screened. It was then announced that a world youth forum would take place in the Egyptian Red Sea resort city of Sharm El Sheikh in November. An official website of the world youth forum was also launched for youth from all over the globe to interact and communicate. A third documentary on youth in the West Delta region and problems they are facing was also played.
President Sisi said that all problems will be probed and solved no matter how difficult they are. Sisi then announced the opening of the conference.
Egypt Vision 2030
The first working session of the Fourth Youth Conference kicked off under the title of "Egypt Vision 2030" in the presence of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.
Ask the President
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi participated in a session of the youth conference in Alexandria.
During the "Ask the President", Sisi is answering questions raised on social media on several public, political and economic topics.
President Sisi asserted Egypt's constant policy is non-interference in the domestic affairs of other countries.
Sisi stressed the necessity to combat countries that support terrorism.
"Egypt will never backtrack in the fight against terror," the president made it clear. He warned that terrorism has exceeded its regional borders and it must be combated.
"Extremism is unacceptable because it runs counter to the natural growth of humans," he said.
Sisi said the recent economic measures were tough, but would have positive results.
"We did not have other options but to take such inevitable choices," he added.
The government has measures to protect citizens if any economic decision is taken so as not to cause any pressure on them, the president said.
The ration card system covers about 75 million citizens, and the person's share has been increased from EGP 15 to 50, he added.
Sisi said that the pensions have been increased last year to hit a minimum of EGP 500 pounds, after it was from EGP 200 to 300 in the past.
He added that an exceptional and periodic bonus was granted to those who are not governed by the civil service law for a minimum of EGP 130.
The president said that the social insurance system covers 1,750,000 families, while the Takaful and Karama social safety nets program serves 1,750,000 others.
He hailed efforts made by the Housing Ministry in providing social housing units.
The state is building 10 new cities, and the Egyptians will benefit from them at an unprecedented time, Sisi said.
He expressed confidence in the future of the Egyptian state.
Sisi urged the Egyptian people to widely participate in the coming presidential election, whatever the candidate they want to choose.
The president affirmed that that he would accept any result of the polls.
He added that the whole world should see the will of the Egyptian people.
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi arrived at Bibliotheca Alexandrina to inspect its exhibition. The library's Director Moustafa el Fiqqi welcomed the president who was keen to sign the library's visitors' register. The inspection tour preceded the commencement of activities of the second day of the Fourth National Youth Conference in Alexandria. President Sisi said he wrote in the visitors' register book that Bibliotheca Alexandrina will have a twin library in Alamein city within two years. The president inspected the library's main hall which houses more than 2 million books in 80 languages and can accommodate up to 2,000 people. He also inspected artifacts in the library and the conference hall.
Integrated information system
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has called for outlining an integrated information system in one year at the most. The infrastructure of that system should be highly secured because it will have big benefits, Sisi said. The State is willing to provide any kind of financial support for the project, he noted. Sisi said the State can very well benefit from skilled youth in this regard to be able to finalize the system as soon as possible.
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said Egypt will not take its place among world countries without exercising patience and facing challenges. Egyptians proved that they are well aware of their responsibilities towards their country, Sisi said, adding "We must decisively solve our problems in order to move forward”. Sisi pressed for the necessity of introducing economic reform measures without reluctance. He considered as "treason" the reluctance in taking a "right" and "well-studied" decision as per the state's interests. Egyptians have proved that they are up to their responsibilities with full understanding and deep awareness, he added. He praised the mightiness and steadfastness of the Egyptian people, noting that Egypt will not take its place among world countries without bearing much of the difficulties it faces. Egypt has no other option except reform in order to leave a real state for the coming generations, Sisi said, noting that public enterprises companies need genuine reform, urging the media to shed light on the companies and industries which have really benefited from the current reform measures with special focus on the industries that need high technology.
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi attended the closing ceremony of the Fourth National Youth Conference in the coastal city of Alexandria. The president gave a speech at the ceremony and honored a number of youth who excelled in several fields. The ceremony included a show of artistic talents by a number of youth from western Delta governorates. A documentary on prominent figures that made big contributions in different fields was screened during the ceremony. It presented a group of youth who had rare experiences in serving the society in a number of fields.
July 5: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi had a phone call with his US counterpart Donald Trump, during which they stressed the strength of strategic relations between the two countries. During the phone call, the two leaders tackled means of boosting bilateral relations in all fields, as well as the latest regional and international developments, including the Qatari crisis. The two leaders stressed the importance of reaching political solutions to the Middle East crises and restoring security and stability in the region.
July 12: Egypt is keen on fostering bilateral relations with Cyprus in different fields and benefiting from the two countries’ available capabilities, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi stressed. Sisi made the remarks during a phone call with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades. Also, Sisi asserted the importance of pushing forward economic and investment relations between the countries. During the phone conversation, Sisi expressed his appreciation for Cyprus’s supportive stances of Egypt’s efforts to establish the pillars of security and stability in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. Furthermore, the two leaders have discussed ways of strengthening bilateral cooperation in a number of domains. Cyprus looks forward to opening up new horizons of cooperation with Egypt, which in turn could help achieve the interests of the two states’ peoples, Anastasiades underlined.
July 16: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received a phone call from his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron who voiced keenness on promoting the unique bilateral ties at all levels and enhancing partnership between the two nations. During the phone conversation, Macron stressed the importance of continuing coordination between the two countries pertaining to a number of regional and international files of common interest. For his part, Sisi hailed the depth of the Egyptian-French relations, noting that the existing crises in the Middle East entail enhancing international efforts to reach political settlement to restore stability in the region, resume construction and achieve development. Both sides also discussed the latest developments of some regional issues topped by the situation in Libya. They agreed on pushing forward the endeavors to reach a political solution to the Libyan crisis so as to restore stability in the Arab country, to keep the unity of its territories and to enhance efforts of fighting terrorism in the region. The two presidents asserted that they share identical points of view concerning the priorities of this phase.
July 19: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received a phone call from his counterpart of Sierra Leone Ernest Bai Koroma, who hailed as distinguished bilateral relations. Koroma stressed during the contact keenness on promoting ties. He appreciated Egypt's support for his country. He said his country looks forward to further cooperation with Cairo, particularly in the medical domains. Sisi, for his part, lauded firm ties between both countries, welcoming work on boosting all aspects of cooperation. The two presidents agreed on the importance of holding meetings of the joint committee to promote relations and cooperation.
US Congress delegation’s Visit (July 2)
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met a delegation of US Congressmen led by Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe Senator Roger Wicker. The meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. Sisi called on the international community to adopt a firm stance against the countries that fund terrorist groups, equip them with weapons and fighters and provide them with the political and media support. President Sisi urged the international community to launch an effective strategy to combat terrorism. The meeting has also touched on the latest regional developments and ways to handle crises in Libya and Syria.
US Congress delegation’s Visit (July 5)
President Sisi briefed the US Congress delegation on Egypt’s vision which underlines the importance of maintaining sovereignty and unity of crisis-hit States, so that regional stability could be maintained. President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said that the challenges of the Middle East, which came as a result of current regional crises in some countries, require Egypt and the US to intensify their coordination and cooperation at all levels. At a meeting with a visiting delegation of the US Congress, President Sisi underlined the necessity of activating international efforts for fighting terrorism and extremism in all their forms and shapes. He also highlighted the necessity of stopping all forms of funding to the terrorist groups by some countries who supply these groups with weapons and fighters and provide safe havens for them. The president also reviewed the overall political and economic developments in Egypt where he confirmed keenness on establishing a modern civil State. The visiting delegates lauded the strong relations between the two countries and expressed satisfaction over efforts to upgrade bilateral relations. They also confirmed that Egypt is a major country in the Middle East and appreciated its efforts for fighting terrorism and extremism, added the spokesman.
Palestinian President’s Visit (July 10)
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Cairo on a two-day visit to Egypt, for talks with President Abdel Fattah El Sisi. The Palestinian president is accompanied by a delegation including his adviser for diplomatic affairs Magdy al Khaledi, Presidential Spokesman Nabil Abu Rdeinah and Head of the Palestinian Intelligence Maged Farag. President Abdel Fattah El Sisi stressed Egypt’s firm stance to reach a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian issue. This solution should guarantee the right of the Palestinian people to establish their independent State with Al-Quds as its capital, president Sisi said. President Abbas offered his sincere condolences to president Sisi over the victims of the terrorist attack that took place on Friday in southern Rafah, North Sinai. The two leaders discussed the latest developments of the Palestinian issue and ways to revive the Middle East peace talks. Abbas briefed president Sisi on efforts exerted by the Palestinian side to mobilize international support for a two-state solution, based on international legitimacy resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative. The two leaders reviewed the US efforts to resume peace talks between the Palestinian and Israeli sides.
Italian parl't delegation’s Visit (July 11)
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met with a delegation of the Italian parliament to discuss bilateral relations and efforts to overcome the different challenges. Sisi told the Italian MPs that Egypt won't forget Rome's support for the will of the Egyptian people in the wake of the June 30 revolution. The Italian MPs assured Sisi that their country will continue to back Egypt in the face of security and economic challenges. They hailed as "pivotal" the role played by Egypt in the Middle East region, not to mention its efforts to counter terrorism and illegal migration. Sisi underlined the need to boost joint cooperation and coordination to eliminate those challenges. The president, he added, called for intensified international efforts to cut funding and stop logistic support for terrorist organizations. Sisi also pressed for action to reach political solutions to regional crises, believing this would help national institutions in countries of conflict secure their borders against terrorism and illegal migration.
Kuwaiti First Deputy PM and FM’s Visit (July 17)
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Kuwaiti First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah. During the meeting, the minister conveyed greetings of Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah's to President Sisi. He also asserted his country’s keenness on fostering relations with Egypt in all fields. President Sisi asked the Kuwaiti foreign Minister to convey his greetings to the Emir of Kuwait. He also hailed Kuwait's support for the Egyptians’ will over the past period. The president also underlined Egypt’s keenness to continue consultations with Kuwait in various regional and international issues of mutual concern. President Sisi asserted that Egypt will never allow any country to interfere in its domestic affairs. He also underlined the importance of confronting policies that support terrorism and aim to spread instability in the Arab region.
Argentine Vice President’s Visit (July 17)
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Argentine Vice President Gabriela Michetti. Sisi welcomed Michetti whose visit to Egypt coincides with the 70th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Egypt and Argentina. President Sisi voiced Egypt’s keenness on bolstering joint cooperation in various fields. The President welcomed the Argentine Parliament’s ratification of the free trade agreement between Egypt and the Mercosur bloc in May which will push forward trade exchange movement between Egypt and the bloc countries topped by Argentina. President Sisi stressed the importance of activating the economic and commercial committee between the two countries so as to discuss boosting bilateral economic cooperation.
President’s Foreign Visits
President Sisi’s visit to Hungary (July 3-4)
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi started an official visit to Budapest, Hungary to participate in the Visegrad Group summit.
Monday July 3
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi had talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on boosting bilateral ties in all fields. The two sides also discussed bilateral coordination at regional and international gatherings. They also exchanged views on a gamut of issues of mutual interest, particularly the developments in the Middle East region.
Both leaders held a joint press conference where El Sisi said Egypt’s leadership is not the only party combating terrorism, but also the whole nation is standing against this phenomenon. The Hungarian premier hailed the efforts exerted by President Sisi to establish an independent national strategy. He asserted that Hungary's interest lies in Egypt's stability not only in the military aspect but also the economic one.
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi had a meeting with László Kövér, the speaker of the Hungarian parliament. Welcoming the president, Kövér highlighted the deeply-rooted relations binding the Egyptian and Hungarian peoples. He also hailed a breakthrough in bilateral relations in the past two years that witnessed an exchange of visits at several levels, referring especially to the visit of the Egyptian parliament speaker to Hungary.
Hungarian President János Áder received President El Sisi at the Hungarian Presidential palace, where El Sisi expressed his appreciation for Hungary’s stance towards Egypt which reflects its understanding of the Egyptian people will.
Tuesday July 4
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi lauded Czech stances in support of the Egyptian people's will and efforts to fight terrorism and achieve overall development. During his meeting with Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, the president said he is looking forward to promoting cooperation with Prague in the various domains, welcoming an invitation to visit the Czech Republic.
The Visegrad summit kicked off with the participation of Egypt President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and leaders of the grouping, which includes Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. El Sisi addressed the meeting calling for boosting relations between Egypt and the grouping.
Leaders taking part in the Visegrad summit issued a joint statement asserting their political support to Egypt in its fight against terrorism and its economic reform measures. They also voiced their keenness on increasing trade exchange and joint investments with Egypt. The leaders of the four Visegrad member states along with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi voiced satisfaction over joint cooperation at the political, economic and cultural levels.