Egypt State Information Service (SIS)
SIS: World media highlight Sisi's interviews on WYF sidelines
Saturday، 11 November 2017 - 01:45 PM
SIS said the president was interviewed by 14 of the world's most influential media outlets, including the Associated Press, Reuters, Xinhua, AFP, ANSA, KUNA, BBC, Al Arabiya, Sky News Arabia, Al Ghad Al Arabi, Al Sharq Al Awsat, Al Hayat Newspaper, and Bloomberg, in the presence of the head of the State Information Service, as well as a number of Egyptian editors-in-chief and journalists.
Entitled "Egypt's president backs Saudi purge", Reuters said Sisi pledged support for Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab states.
"I have said it once and I will say it again, Gulf national security is Egyptian national security," the news agency quoted the president as saying.
Reuters coverage has been republished by thousands of media outlets and websites around the world, SIS said.
Washington Post, New York Times, and Los Angeles Times published reports on the interviews, made by the AP, citing the president as saying that he was against launching military strikes on Iran or the Tehran-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah, saying there was enough turmoil in the Middle East.
Sisi stressed the importance of de-escalation, the AP said.
"I am always against war," the news agency quoted Sisi as saying.
Sisi asserted that Egypt has made a number of arms agreements to fix the strategic imbalance in the region and to defeat terrorism.
In response to a question raised by the Associated Press (AP) reporter in Sharm el Sheikh, the president said Egypt has been engaged in a war against terrorism on behalf of the whole world.
He stressed the deals were necessary to make sure the military has the ability to confront sweeping changes griping the region.
"As long changes are taking place in Syria and Iraq, terrorists - such as Daesh group - are more likely to move into where they find favorable conditions," the president said.
On Qatar, Sisi was quoted by CNN as saying that the stance adopted by the boycott countries on Qatar is consistent and clear, and upholds the same demands until they are met, and that Qatar has to respond to them.
"I have said it once and I will say it again, Gulf national security is Egyptian national security. I have faith in the wise and firm leadership of Saudi Arabia," Sisi said.
Sisi said on Wednesday that he has not decided if he will run for a second term yet, Xinhua reported.
Sisi said he respects the Egyptian constitution that limits the president's number of terms in office to two, it added.
The president was quoted as saying that he will submit the achievements done throughout the last four years, adding he will let the Egyptian people judge his government's performance, and then he will decide whether he can run for a second term.
Under the title "Egypt's Sisi reiterates support for peaceful solution to Palestinian-Israeli conflict", the news agency said Sisi affirmed that Egypt has always supported a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The president noted that the end of the decade-long internal split in Palestine is an important step for efforts to advance peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
"We believe that achieving an internal Palestinian reconciliation will help pave the way for the resumption of peace talks," he said.
Sisi also reaffirmed that Egypt will not give up any land in the Sinai Peninsula as part of the so-called deal of the century, a proposal promoted by US President Donald Trump for resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Also, Al Arabiya highlighted Sisi's interviews regarding full support for the Gulf security and rejecting the Iranian interference in the affairs of the region.
"Regional crises can be solved by dialogue, but Iran must stop interfering in the affairs of other countries", Sky News Arabia quoted Sisi as saying.
On Libya, Sisi affirmed that a political solution based on the Skhirat agreement is the only way to put an end to the crisis.
He added that Egypt's support for Commander of the Libyan army Khalifa Haftar does not contradict its support for head of the presidential council Fayez al Sarraj.
Malaysia's The Straits Times also published a report on Sisi's Interviews.
Sisi said he was against military strikes on Iran or Lebanese group Hezbollah, saying there was enough turmoil in the Middle East, the paper reported.
Asked about the prospect of attacks on Iran and Hezbollah, Sisi stressed the importance of de-escalation.
"I have to present achievements over the past four years to Egyptians first, before saying whether I will run or not. I will do this over the next two months, December and January, and based on their response I will reach a position on running."
The Egyptian leader also said security forces were making significant gains against terrorists, however. The military had captured a foreign fighter in a raid it carried out against terrorists responsible for a deadly attack on a police convoy in Egypt's Western Desert last month, he said.
The foreign terrorist is the sole survivor of the raid and his confession would be revealed to the public soon, Sisi said.
When asked about Egypt's support for Khalifa Haftar, Sisi said it did not mean he opposed the UN-backed Tripoli-based government.
"Our support for Haftar is in line with the constants of Egyptian policy; we support a political solution and our backing of Haftar is not at the expense of Fayez Seraj's government."
Russia Today quoted the president as saying that Egypt will launch a new satellite channel with international standards soon. He added that Egypt and its airports are safe, expressing readiness to reassure any side of the security of Egyptian airports.
TASS, RIA Novosti, and Moskovskij Komsomolets quoted Sisi as saying that there are no links between the signing of contracts for the construction of the Egyptian Dabaa power station and the return of Russian tourists to the country.