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Sisi: Political vision important factor in building peace

Sunday، 04 November 2018 - 02:32 PM

The political visions of leaders are key factors in achieving peace inside and between countries, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said Sunday.

Maintaining peace hinges on the ability of political leaders in every country to correctly understand situations, Sisi said during a session of the World Youth Forum, which kicked off here Saturday.

Late president Anwar Sadat had this vision of peace that was based on his correct reading of conflicts, Sisi noted.

Building social peace inside one country would sure help prevent conflicts, he stressed.

Women do play an important and effective role in society; the president went on to say, touching upon real steps taken to activate their role in Egypt.

Peoples elect their rulers through elections or any other means and no one can interfere in their choice, he said.

Every leader has his own vision that indeed affects peace and helps solve problems.

No one could tell that Sadat's vision for peace would be acceptable in the region when it was first brought up, Sisi told the session.

Sadat acted positively back then because he was well aware of the threat of wars to the future of countries, the president said.

Sadat did pay the price - not that he was assassinated - but through efforts until a stable peace agreement was reached, Sisi added.

Leaders should be keen on building social peace inside their countries, Sisi told the gathering.

While fighting terrorism, Egypt was very careful not to create antagonisms as much as possible, Sisi said as he shared his country's own story with the guests.

Tools were used within limits so as to avoid any side effects, he noted.

Talking about women empowerment, Sisi was proud to announce practices that were meant to push women to deserved positions.

He made it clear that eight or nine women have been assigned with different portfolios in the current government.

The goal is to boost awareness about equality between men and women in society, Sisi noted.

Sisi said the idea to organize a youth conference was first brought up in November 2016 with the aim to exchange talk with youth about realistic life.

In 2017, the first world youth forum was organized and now the second forum is taking place with the aim to build social peace, the president added.

He stressed the need to have platforms to communicate with society and boost social awareness.

Truly, social networking websites have played a positive role in this regard, but they do have their cons as well, Sisi went on to say.

Those cons should be overcome through direct communication between officials and youth, which is the case in this conference, he said.

"We're here to listen to one another, explain issues, talk about challenges ... and hear out reax of youth," the president told the gathering.

Talking about unemployment, the president acknowledged that this is an important issue in a country like Egypt, with 65 million persons of the population under the age of 40. This is a very big figure, he noted.

Indeed, unemployment is one reason of internal instability in some countries, Sisi said, blaming it also for the flux of illegal immigration to advanced countries.

He wondered if advanced countries are willing to share available job

opportunities with "our youth".

"Here in Egypt, we're talking about 800,000 or 900,000, sometimes one million graduates every year," Sisi said, believing it would be very difficult to secure jobs for them all.

Are advanced countries that do not suffer from an unemployment problem, or in which unemployment rates reach only five percent, willing to offer youth in other countries, such as Egypt, the opportunity to have projects to work in to help solve this problem, the President asked.

Talking about mechanisms to solve conflicts, Sisi pointed to what he called "double standards" that could very well turn those same international mechanisms into tools to foment conflicts.

He said that those mechanisms need to be upgraded, noting that power alone can no longer do the trick.

He touched upon a state of division that prevailed among the Egyptian people five years ago. But, again it was the concept of co-existence, among other factors, that helped build real social peace, the president told the forum.

Concerning Friday's bus ambush that left seven Christians dead, Sisi stressed there is no such thing as religion-based discrimination in Egypt. "All are Egyptians and we are all hurt when any Egyptian falls victim to a terrorist act."

Reactions to attacks on mosques and churches are the same, Sisi said.

Visions that are based on the equal treatment of citizens and between men and women are meant to last, Sisi further said.

He talked about laws regulating the building of churches in Egypt, seeing in it an achievement that took 150 years to see the light of day. Before that mosques were the only places of worship, Sisi said, noting that now the government acts to also build churches in new communities.

If there were followers of other faiths in Egypt, the government would have sure moved to build their own places of worship as well, Sisi added, noting that is a right of all citizens.

He touched upon a decision to correct the religious discourse, believing it to be one of the most important demands in the region and Muslim world.

"We're not talking about changing religions here; rather about how to convince opinion makers ... that there is a real problem with their discourse and understanding of religion in this era."

Sisi stressed the need to find a religious terminology that is fit for this era and could very well be updated after 50 years as societies develop.

MENA

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