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President’s Activities during November 2023

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During the month of November 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s activities varied, both locally and abroad. The activities comprise field tours, conferences and internal visits, receiving heads of state and kings, receiving foreign Arab and African officials, phone calls and telegrams, and delivering speeches. Following are the monthly activities of the president in detail:

Meetings with government officials

On November 1, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with Prime Minister, Dr. Moustafa Madbouly. The meeting was also attended by Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt, Hassan Abdallah; Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Eng. Tarek El-Molla; and Minister of Finance, Dr. Mohamed Maait.

The meeting discussed a number of dossiers pertinent to government work in the economic and development fields. It came as part of the President’s follow-up of government efforts to meet the citizens’ needs in the various service sectors, and to boost work underway to increase rates of economic growth and national income.

On November 5, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi held a meeting with Commander of the Strategic Command and General Administrator of Military Industrialization, Lieutenant General Ahmed Khaled; Head of the Armed Forces Financial Affairs Authority, Lieutenant General Ahmed El Shazly; and the Director of the Egyptian Military Academy, Lieutenant General Ashraf Zaher, as well as a number of Commanders of the Armed Forces.

The meeting followed up on efforts to enhance and develop the military industrialization sector and localize advanced technology in this regard. It also touched on work progress in the operationalization of the advanced e-learning management system in the educational process at the Egyptian Military Academy, within the framework of the electronic digital connectivity of military colleges and the ongoing modernization of the education systems in the Armed Forces.

On November 8, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with Prime Minister, Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Dr. Mohamed Shaker, Head of the Armed Forces Financial Affairs Authority, Major General Ahmed El-Shazly, and Executive Director of Egypt’s Future Authority for Sustainable Development, Colonel Dr. Bahaa El-Ghannam.

The meeting reviewed the state’s efforts to put into effect the national agricultural production project “Future of Egypt” among other projects.

The President was briefed on the efforts made by the government to supply projects with electrical power. The President gave directives to provide all infrastructure components required to complete the objectives of these strategic projects, within the framework of the state’s plan to expand the area of agricultural land, and achieve a breakthrough that guarantees the state’s ability to protect the food security of the Egyptian people, and increase agricultural exports and national income.

On November 14, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met today with Prime Minister Dr. Mostafa Madbouly and Minister of Supply and Internal Trade Dr. Ali El-Moselhi.
During the meeting, the President was briefed on the intensive efforts made by the government to provide basic goods to citizens, and to ensure that the availability of goods is not affected by successive international crises, and that there is a reassuring stock. The meeting touched on efforts to proceed with the implementation of the national project to establish strategic stores and warehouses, and to complete the national silo project to secure sufficient stocks of basic commodities and food products throughout the year, within the framework of the state’s keenness to secure the needs of citizens and achieve stability with regard to Egypt’s food security.
The President gave directives to ensure the availability of an appropriate reserve of goods as the holy month of Ramadan approaches, in a way that meets all the needs of the Egyptian people. This is in addition to providing additional food supplies of various food commodities worth 650 tons to the brotherly Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, within the framework of Egypt’s continuing role in supporting the brothers in Gaza at all levels.

On November 15, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with Prime Minister, Dr. Moustafa Madbouly, and Minister of International Cooperation, Rania Al-Mashat.

The meeting followed-up on the latest developments in cooperation at the regional and international levels to address the development challenges emanating from the successive global crises. These crises reflected the need to review the rules of operation of multilateral financing institutions, in order to improve their ability to respond effectively and efficiently to close the development financing gap of developing countries.

The meeting also reviewed the various dimensions of Egypt’s ongoing cooperation with international development financing institutions, with the participation of the private sector, particularly in the sectors of health, education and social solidarity. Minister Al-Mashat offered an overview of work progress on the national platform for the Nexus of Water, Food and Energy (NWFE) Program and the launch of the follow-up report on what has been achieved in order to mobilize the required funds and innovative financing mechanisms to attract private sector investments in green projects.

President El-Sisi gave directives to continue Egypt’s efforts to push toward reforming and developing the international financing system, so as to enable developing countries, in particular, to restore the pace of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and show resilience in the face of any future global crises, notably through the introduction of new, innovative and effective financing mechanisms, in addition to leveraging the existing ones.

On November 20, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi held a meeting to follow- up on developments pertinent to the national projects in the agricultural and irrigation sectors across the country. The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation El-Sayyed El-Quseir and Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Dr. Hani Sweilem.
The meeting reviewed programs to modernize the agricultural sector in Egypt.  President El-Sisi was briefed on the national efforts to increase the size and productivity of the Egyptian agricultural area, and the state’s efforts to continue increasing the productivity of feddans, especially strategic crops such as wheat and corn, which witness a surge in productivity, in addition to an increase in agricultural and food exports, which in turn are witnessing a steady increase. The President also followed up on the state’s efforts in the context of studying crop structures, and benefiting from them in many aspects, including determining water needs and framing the agricultural water policy, in terms of water quantity, timing, and geographical areas. The President followed up on the national projects to enhance the integrated management of water resources and develop irrigation systems to ensure the rational use of those resources and maximize the benefit from the productivity of water units.
The President gave directives to provide all factors that support the success of the national projects, and to continue work and intensive coordination to complete these major projects in the sectors of agriculture, irrigation, agricultural and food production, and livestock, especially in light of the global food crisis, in a way that ensures mitigating the impact of the crisis on citizens. The President stressed that the primary goal of the projects is to meet the needs of citizens by ensuring food security, enhancing economic benefits and providing additional job opportunities.

On November 21, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with Minister of Social Solidarity, Nevine El-Kabbag.

The meeting discussed a number of issues, primarily relief assistance to Gaza. The President was briefed on the Egyptian Red Crescent’s efforts to deliver aid to the Palestinian brothers in the Strip. President El-Sisi emphasized that Egypt is continuing its intensive and unyielding efforts to provide and deliver humanitarian aid to the people in Gaza, lauding the Egyptian Red Crescent’s efforts in this regard.

The discussion also covered the role of the “National Council for the Care of Martyrs Families and the Injured”. President El-Sisi gave directives to continue to provide and enhance the services delivered to the families of the martyrs and the injured, confirming the Egyptian people’s deep appreciation of and respect for their loyal sons, who offered the greatest sacrifices for the sake of Egypt’s security and its people’s safety.

The meeting also followed-up on the ministry of social solidarity’s efforts to support people of determination, particularly services delivered to women with special needs. It also reviewed the activities of “The National Council for the Differently Abled“. President El-Sisi directed to continue efforts to improve the availability and quality of services provided to the eligible groups, particularly women, and to streamline measures aimed at improving the quality of their lives, in line with the relevant laws.

On November 28, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with Minister of Justice, Counselor Omar Marwan.

During the meeting, the President was updated on the primary areas of development in the litigation system across the Republic, which contribute to the improvement of courthouses and justice facilities and strengthen the ability to harness cutting-edge technological solutions. President El-Sisi followed-up on work progress in the Justice City in the New Administrative Capital, which will contribute to streamlining litigation procedures for the citizens and to promoting the judicial system’s work philosophy, through digitalization elements and technical tool updates.

President El-Sisi was also briefed on development efforts in the Real Estate Registration System, particularly the ongoing modernization of the Remote Document Issuance Unit of the Ministry of Justice. This unit is now able to remotely issue final official powers of attorney in cases. This is, in addition to providing a number of other services, including certificates from the primary, district, and economic courts, which facilitates matters for the citizens and is consistent with the development processes in the various public services in the country.

The meeting also reviewed efforts to enhance the efficiency of the committee entrusted with managing abandoned and neglected vehicles, with a focus on taking full advantage of them. The President gave directives to continue efforts to establish modern centers for impounded vehicles, and to automate their operations, in a manner that is consistent with the law, ensures the protection of the vehicles, and maximizes their utilization.

President El-Sisi directed to continue efforts toward enhancing the judicial system and to adhere to the specified deadlines for the completion of the Justice City, in order to ensure a tangible, qualitative improvement in the Egyptian litigation system. The President also lauded efforts exerted to issue documents remotely, and stressed the need for this service to be expanded to Egyptian embassies and consulates abroad, so as to facilitate matters for Egyptians abroad. President El-Sisi confirmed that the primary goal is to streamline the everyday interactions of the citizens with the judicial system, in a manner that contributes to protecting the rights of citizens and preserving their interests.

On November 29, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi held a meeting to follow up on the economic situation in light of regional and international developments. The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt Mr. Hassan Abdullah, Director of the Egyptian General Intelligence Service Major General Abbas Kamel,  Minister of Planning and Economic Development Dr. Hala El-Said, Minister of International Cooperation Dr. Rania El-Mashat and Minister of Finance Dr. Mohamed Maait.

During the meeting, the President was briefed during the meeting on the government’s efforts to enhance the flexibility of the national economy towards international and regional political and economic fluctuations. The 

President gave directives to continue working on developing national economic programs and projects in a way that enhances the economy’s ability to face current challenges and ensures the protection of citizens from its negative effects, while strengthening the ongoing work to boost economic growth rates and increase national income.

Field tours

On November 13, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi inaugurated the 3rd Intra-African Trade Fair. The Presidents of Zimbabwe and Malawi attended the event, which also saw the participation of senior officials from the African Union as well as multilateral African organizations and banks.

On November 17, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi made an inspection tour of a number of roads and axes in Greater Cairo, in the Nile Corniche area and Brigadier General Ibrahim El-Rifai Bridge.

The President was briefed on efforts underway to connect New Cairo with the area of the National Museum of Egyptian Civilizations and the Nile Corniche through several traffic axes, primarily connecting Field Marshal Tantawi (El-Moshir Tantawi) Axis, Omar Suleiman Axis and the Martyr Axis with Counselor Abdel Meguid Mahmoud Axis. The President was also updated on work underway in Brigadier General Ibrahim El-Rifai Bridge up to the Nile Corniche.

President El-Sisi was offered an overview on work progress in the upgrading of the pottery workshops as well as the plastic arts and distinguished handicrafts areas in Al Fustat.

On November 24, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi inspected the work progress of the Amr Ibn Al-Aas axis in the governorate of Giza, which is parallel to the Mariouteya and Kamal Amer axes. It connects the southern Ring Road, Mariouteya Interchange, all the way to the northern Ring Road, Al-Mansheya District Intersection, passing above Al-Orouba Street, Tarsa Al-Haram, and Faisal, in Giza.
President El-Sisi made a stop, during the inspection tour, to exchange words with one of the citizens and checked on him and his family.

Receiving kings and presidents

On November 14, 2023, at Al-Ittihadiya Palace, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is currently visiting Egypt.

The two Presidents lauded the ongoing progress in the two countries’ joint cooperation. They underscored commitment to enhancing the existing mechanisms and frameworks so as to promote relations toward broader prospects, notably in the field of development cooperation. In this regard, they agreed on the necessity to boost cooperation in the areas of agriculture and agricultural industrialization projects, and to leverage livestock and fisheries resources, with the aim of maximizing the added value and ensuring food security for both countries. The two Presidents also agreed to strengthen cooperation in the various infrastructure sectors which shall provide joint development opportunities. The President of Zimbabwe commended the remarkable development progress he personally noted during his visit to Egypt and that has been achieved over a short period of time. President Mnangagwa confirmed that his country looked forward to benefiting from the Egyptian expertise in this regard.

The meeting also discussed ways to enhance joint African action, particularly as Egypt is currently hosting the third Intra-African Trade Fair. The two Presidents agreed on the need to intensify African efforts to ensure the resilience of the continent’s economies in the face of international shocks. They also highlighted the vital importance of expanding efforts toward boosting intra-African trade with the aim of taking full advantage of the Continental Free Trade Agreement and strengthening efforts toward comprehensive development in Africa.

On November 22, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein of Jordan at Cairo Airport.

The two leaders held discussions, during which the President stressed keenness on continuous coordination between the two countries to unify positions, in light of the critical circumstances in the region.

The two leaders welcomed humanitarian truce declared in the Gaza Strip and affirmed their common vision regarding the necessity of continuing intensive work to reach a permanent ceasefire and allowing sufficient humanitarian aid to be delivered to the people of the Gaza Strip without delay, embodying the international consensus represented in the two relevant resolutions of UN Security Council and the United Nations General Assembly, while rejecting the policies of starvation and collective punishment of the Palestinian people, as well as affirming the two countries’ complete rejection of any attempts to displace the people of the Gaza Strip inside or outside Gaza.

The two leaders reviewed the efforts of the two countries to communicate with all parties to provide full support to the Palestinian brothers, and stressed the need for the international community to move to seize the current truce to provide relief to the people of Gaza and alleviate the humanitarian tragedy to which the Strip is exposed.

The two leaders also stressed that any effort to restore stability in the region must be based on launching an integrated political process with the aim of reaching a comprehensive and just settlement of the Palestinian issue through the two-state solution, and for the Palestinians to obtain their legitimate rights, mainly an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

On November 27, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received President of Hungary, Katalin Novák, at Al-Ittihadiya Palace, where an official reception ceremony was held, national anthems played and guard of honor inspected.

President El-Sisi welcomed the President of Hungary on her first visit to Egypt and lauded the historical and close strategic cooperation the two countries share across all political, economic and cultural fields. The President of Hungary expressed her appreciation for the continued development in relations, calling for further cooperation between the two friendly countries.

The meeting touched on cooperation priorities in various economic areas, most notably in the sectors of industry, transportation, tourism, communications and information technology. Both leaders agreed to intensify efforts aimed at increasing trade between the two countries and promoting joint investments.

The meeting also focused extensively on the regional situation, particularly developments in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. President El-Sisi reviewed Egypt’s efforts since the outbreak of the crisis until a humanitarian truce was reached in the Gaza Strip. He underscored the vital importance of reaching a permanent ceasefire, and of providing unrestricted access to the largest amount possible of relief aid to the people in the sector to meet their essential needs and alleviate their immense humanitarian suffering. The President noted that this shall take place while ensuring that the conflict does not extend to the West Bank. President El-Sisi reiterated that stability and security in the region are deeply linked with the international recognition of the Palestinian State, along the June 4, 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

President Novák highly appreciated Egypt’s role in safeguarding stability and peace in the Middle East. She expressed her country’s profound appreciation for Egypt’s endeavors, whether in its diligent efforts to settle crises in the region or at the international level in the various relevant fora. The two sides agreed on the vital need to work toward de-escalation, to condemn the targeting of all civilians, to categorically reject the forced displacement, and to stress the imperative necessity to prevent the expansion of the conflict to the region.

The meeting also touched on the Russian-Ukrainian crisis. The two Presidents agreed on the importance of robust international action to resolve the crisis. President El-Sisi also reviewed the huge impact of the crisis on the economies of developing countries, emphasizing the need to propose political solutions that ensure the restoration of stability in the conflict zone.

Receiving foreign officials

On November 4, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with Executive Director of the World Food Programme, Cindy McCain. The meeting was attended by the Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation.

The meeting tackled the outstanding and extended cooperation relations between Egypt and the WFP, and confirmed mutual commitment to enhancing relations, notably in light of the adoption of the new country plan between Egypt and the WFP for the period 2023-2028.

President El-Sisi emphasized the importance Egypt accords to food security and nutrition issues at the national level, particularly with regard to school feeding programmes as well as the ‘Decent Life’ and ‘Takaful & Karama’ projects, which contribute to achieving food security through the development of the Egyptian villages and securing livelihood for millions of Egyptians. The WFP Executive Director noted that she follow-up and appreciates the aforementioned projects that are considered as successful models from which other countries can benefit.

The meeting also discussed regional dossiers, primarily developments in the situation in the Gaza Strip. The WFP Executive Director extended gratitude to Egypt for its key and leading role in support of the people in Gaza, through the direct Egyptian assistance or its coordination of the aid provided by international parties, including the WFP as well as other relevant UN organizations.

President El-Sisi underscored Egypt’s deep concern regarding the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the Strip. The President reviewed the massive efforts exerted by Egypt around the clock to ensure the delivery of the greatest amount of aid possible to meet the real needs of the people of the Gaza Strip, while continuing Its endeavors with the various regional and international actors to push toward reaching an immediate ceasefire. President El-Sisi reiterated the imperative need to revive the political path based on the two-state solution and the establishment of an independent Palestinian State, in accordance with the adopted international references.

On November 4, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with Prime Minister of Lebanon, Najib Mikati. The meeting was also attended by Director of the General Intelligence Service, Major General Abbas Kamel, and Lebanon’s Ambassador in Cairo.

During the meeting the two sides underscored the robust, profound and firm historical relations between the two countries as well as the ongoing coordination between them. President El-Sisi emphasized Egypt’s steadfast position in support of the institutions of the Lebanese State, in a manner that preserves the stability of Lebanon and the security of its people. Lebanon’s Prime Minister valued this position and confirmed the importance of the Egyptian role in solidifying stability in Lebanon, which reflects the special characteristics of the two countries’ relations.

The meeting discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries in an array of fields. It also focused on the regional situation and the Israeli military escalation in the Gaza Strip. Prime Minister Mikati expressed appreciation for Egypt’s responsible role in this grave crisis at both the political and humanitarian tracks. President El-Sisi reviewed Egypt’s efforts to push toward achieving a ceasefire and allowing the delivery of humanitarian aid. The two sides underlined the critical need for the international community to assume its responsibilities in this regard, by working intensively on containing the situation and averting the expansion of the scope of violence. They stressed the necessity to relaunch the peace track and apply the principle of the two-state solution, in a way that achieves justice, security and stability for the peoples of the region.

On November 7, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, the CIA, Mr. William Burns. The meeting was also attended by Director of the General Intelligence Service, Major General Abbas Kamel.

During the meeting the two sides underscored the robust strategic partnership between Egypt and the United States, and its pivotal role in maintaining security and stability in the Middle East. There was also an emphasis on the mutual commitment to strengthening and further advancing the solid cooperation between the two countries across an array of fields, particularly at the security and intelligence levels, with the aim of boosting efforts to restore stability in the region and address the various challenges in this regard.

The meeting also touched on a multitude of regional and international issues of mutual concern, particularly the Israeli military escalation in the Gaza Strip. President El-Sisi reiterated the determinants of the Egyptian stance in this regard, notably the imperative need for an immediate ceasefire to protect the civilians, and facilitating the unfettered flow of humanitarian aid. CIA Director, Mr. Burns, reaffirmed his commitment to continue close coordination with the Egyptian side to resolve the current crisis.

On November 18, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received French Minister of the Armed Forces Sébastien Lecornu in the presence of Minister of Defense and Military Production General Mohamed Zaki.
The Spokesman for the Presidency said the meeting came within the framework of the French minister's keenness to inform the President of the outcome of his regional tour during the past days, in light of international efforts to calm the situation in the region, and the French side’s interest in coordinating with Egypt in this regard, given the close relations between the two countries and Egypt's pivotal role, on the political and humanitarian tracks, to stop the bloodshed of the Palestinian brothers in the Gaza Strip, reach a ceasefire, protect civilians, and deliver humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza.

On November 18, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. The meeting was also attended by Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, and senior officials from the European Commission. 

The meeting focused on the latest in the Israeli military escalation in the Palestinian Territories. President El-Sisi underscored Egypt’s unwavering position with regard to the imperative necessity of an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, the protection of civilians and ensuring the delivery of relief aid to the people in the Gaza Strip, who are being subjected to enormous human suffering. The President also emphasized the vital need for the international community to assume its responsibilities and for the implementation of the resolutions of the UN Security Council and the General Assembly in this regard. President El-Sisi reviewed Egypt’s efforts in this context, in addition to its role in the reception of wounded Palestinians and the evacuation of foreign nationals. For her part, the President of the European Commission offered an overview of her assessment of the developments in Gaza. She confirmed the EU’s huge appreciation for Egypt’s fundamental role in this regard. 

President El-Sisi reiterated Egypt’s categorical rejection of the displacement of the Palestinians, whether by internal displacement or their forces displacement outside their land, particularly to the Egyptian territories in Sinai. Mrs. von der Leyen agreed with this and stressed the European position of rejecting the displacement of the Palestinians. The two sides asserted that the only solution to the Palestinian issue is to achieve just and comprehensive peace, based on the two-state solution, in accordance with the adopted international terms of reference.

The meeting also discussed ways to strengthen cooperation relations between Egypt and the European Union, given the firm and close bonds the two sides share. There was an agreement on furthering efforts toward bolstering these relations and promoting them toward broader prospects in an array of fields.

On November 24, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi receives at Ittihadia Palace the prime ministers of Spain, the current European Union president, and Belgium, the next president, in joint tripartite discussions on developments in the Gaza Strip.

On November 25, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovenia, Tanja Fajon, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal, João Gomes Cravinho. The meeting was also attended by Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry.

The Slovenian and Portuguese sides welcomed the humanitarian truce declared in the Gaza Strip, and valued the leading Egyptian role, strategically, politically and at the humanitarian level, throughout the crisis since its outbreak last October 7. Egypt’s efforts were culminated with the joint mediation that led to a truce and the exchanges of release of hostages and detainees. The two top diplomats also acknowledged Egypt’s role in evacuating foreign nationals from the Gaza Strip.

During the meeting, there was consensus on the necessity to continue efforts to firm up the truce, and build on it to reach a permanent ceasefire. The sides also agreed on the necessity of providing immediate and effective support to the humanitarian relief efforts for the Strip, in a manner sufficient to support the people of Gaza who have been deprived of their livelihoods and security. There was also agreement on the categorical rejection of the displacement of the people of Gaza from their lands.

President El-Sisi expressed appreciation for the positions of Portugal and Slovenia regarding the conflict, pointing out Slovenia’s non-permanent membership in the Security Council for the years 2024/2025. He stressed the need for the international community to move, in earnest, to reach a comprehensive settlement of the Palestinian issue, and recognize the independent Palestinian state along the borders of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital. This shall take place in a manner that achieves justice and ensures permanent security and stability in the region, for all its peoples.

Speeches

On November 6, 2023, President El-Sisi's Speech at Joint Press Conference with President of South Sudan

“In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful”

 

My brother, Your Excellency President Salva Kiir,

President of the Republic of South Sudan,

I welcome you and your accompanying delegation today to your second country, Egypt, that shares with your brotherly country eternal bonds and a long history, during which Egypt has supported your dignified people’s aspirations for a better future. This emanated from Egypt’s belief in their right to achieve their aspirations and fulfil their legitimate ambitions. I would like to emphasize to you, Your Excellency, our full appreciation for your efforts toward the stability and security of your country.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today, I held in-depth and fruitful bilateral talks with my brother, President Salva Kiir, which demonstrated the two countries’ political will to strengthen the full-fledged strategic partnership between our countries in various fields.

I would like to confirm that despite the international economic challenges, Egypt will spare no effort to stand by the Republic of South Sudan and its brotherly people, particularly in the area of capacity-building and providing technical expertise in an array of fields.

During the talks, I also stressed Egypt’s full support for efforts by President Salva Kiir and all South Sudanese parties toward realizing peace in the country.

I would like to laud, in this regard, efforts exerted by the political actors in South Sudan to move ahead with the implementation of the electoral entitlement in December next year, and stress our full support for the government’s efforts to fulfil the aspirations of the brotherly people of South Sudan for peace, stability and development.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today, we discussed ways to enhance and further advance the joint political, military and security coordination during this critical phase the region is passing through. We agreed to coordinate our efforts in a manner that reinforces security and stability in the region and preserves the interests of our peoples.

Within the framework of the ongoing and constructive dialogue, we deliberated on the Sudanese crisis and its repercussions on the region, notably on the direct neighboring countries, primarily Egypt and South Sudan.

We agreed to step-up efforts and contacts between us and the relevant parties inside Sudan, in order to find urgent solutions to the crisis and spare the Sudanese people further destruction and displacement.

We also agreed to call upon the various Sudanese parties to give priority to the supreme national interests of Sudan over any individual interests or foreign interventions, that would only deepen the problem, compound the suffering of the brotherly Sudanese people, and prolong the crisis.

We underscored the centrality of Egypt and South Sudan’s roles in the Sudanese crisis, affirming the importance of not neglecting this in any initiatives or efforts proposed to settle the crisis, particularly since the two countries are the most understanding of the nature of the crisis and its tribal complexities. We emphasized the significance of the track of neighboring countries and the results emanating from their meetings to settle the crisis

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Our talks also tackled fostering closer cooperation between the two countries in the area of water resources and irrigation, as well as our joint efforts to leverage the resources of the Nile River. I affirmed Egypt’s vision, based on the belief that the Nile River should be a source of cooperation and development, as a lifeline for all the peoples of the Nile Basin countries. We also reviewed developments in the Renaissance Dam dossier and the course of the ongoing negotiations, with the aim of reaching a legally-binding agreement on the filling and operation of the dam.

And finally, my brother, Your Excellency, President Salva Kiir,

I would like to seize this opportunity to assure the brotherly people of South Sudan that Egypt will always be the loyal friend and a brother committed to their interest. I would also like to affirm that Egypt is committed to providing all forms of support, through the existing mechanisms of cooperation between the two countries.

I also call on the international community to live up to its pledges and commitments to the state of South Sudan in its trajectory toward building a better future.

Thank you

On November 11, 2023, President El-Sisi’s Speech at the Extraordinary Joint Arab-Islamic Summit in Riyadh

“In the Name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful”

My brother, Your Royal Highness, Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Your Excellency Secretary General of the League of Arab Nations
Your Excellency, the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation

Ladies and Gentlemen,
May Allah’s peace, mercy and blessings be upon you

Allow me at the onset to extend gratitude to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting this extraordinary summit, in these exceptional circumstances, as time passes heavily on Gaza’s innocent civilians who are subjected to killing, siege, and inhumane practices that take us back to the Middle Ages. Those necessitate a serious stance by the international community, if it seeks to maintain the minimal level of its political and moral credibility.

As time passes heavily on Palestine and its people, it also passes on us and all peoples with a free conscience painfully and sadly. It discloses the evils of double standards, the imbalance of sound logic and the collapse of humanitarian claims, which, unfortunately, fail miserably in this revealing test.

Honorable Attendees
From the beginning, Egypt has condemned the targeting, killing and terrorizing of all civilians from both sides, as well as all acts that violate international law and international humanitarian law. And today, we reiterate this clear condemnation, while emphasizing, at the same time, that the policies of collective punishment of the people of Gaza, including the killing, the siege, and the forced displacement are utterly unacceptable. They are not justifiable under the pretext of self-defense or any other claims, and must end immediately with no delay.

The international community, especially the Security Council, bears a direct responsibility to work seriously and decisively to achieve the following without delay:
First: an immediate and sustainable ceasefire in the strip, with no restrictions or conditions.
Second: the halt of all practices that target the forced displacement of Palestinians to any place outside their land.
Third: the international community must assume its responsibility to ensure the security of innocent civilians of the Palestinian people.
Fourth: ensuring safe, rapid and sustainable access for humanitarian aid. Israel bears its international responsibility, being the occupying force.
Fifth: reaching a formula for the settlement of the conflict, based on the two-state solution and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, along the borders of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Sixth: conducting an international investigation into all violations committed against international law.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
Egypt has repeatedly warned against the consequences of unilateral policies and it warns now that failure to stop the war in Gaza portends the expansion of military confrontations in the region. Despite self-restraint attempts, the prolonged attacks and their unprecedented brutality are enough to change the equation and its calculations overnight.

And finally, I address the active international powers and the entire international community, I say:
“Egypt and the Arabs have pursued the path of peace for decades and years and presented courageous initiatives for peace. Now comes your great responsibility to effectively pressure to immediately stop the Palestinian bloodshed, then address the root causes of the conflict and give the right to its owners as the only means to achieve security for all the peoples of the region, for time has come for them to live in peace and security without fear or terrorization. Without children being killed or orphaned, without new generations born to be surrounded by hatred and hostility.

Let the whole world unite, governments and peoples, to implement a just solution to the Palestinian issue and to end the occupation in a manner that befits our humanity and is consistent with the values we call for: justice, freedom, and respect for rights...all rights, not some of them.”

Thank you
Peace be upon you.

On November 21, 2023, President El-Sisi’s Statement on the Launch of AU’s Post-Conflict Reconstruction & Development Week

As the AU Champion on the “Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development” dossier, it gives me pleasure to announce the launch of the functions of the third edition of the African Union’s Reconstruction and Development (PCRD) Awareness Week, which is held under the theme “Toward a Better Future for Africa through Peacebuilding “, from November 22-27, 2023. It aims to shed light on the priority we all accord to peacebuilding endeavors as well as reconstruction and development efforts in Africa, as the continent grapples with formidable and intricate challenges, compounded by a global geopolitical and economic climate characterized by polarization. This makes it incumbent upon us to embrace a full-fledged African vision to address the challenges of peace, security and development.

In this context, I would like to commend the progress achieved in the operation of the African Union Centre for Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development (PCRD), which Cairo hosts. I would also like to express hope for the prompt and full activation of the center, in a manner that serves the interests and needs of our continent, particularly in light of the Government of Egypt’s commitment to providing all means of support to the center, so that it can expeditiously embark on its crucial mission to foster peace-building efforts in the continent.

In this context, I also value the progress achieved in the review of Africa’s Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development Policy, after Cairo hosted a high-level workshop for this purpose in May 2023. This workshop has contributed to updating and revising the African policy, to keep pace with the conceptual and political developments of the concept of peacebuilding, with the aim of bolstering the continent’s tools for responding to conflicts and adopting a more encompassing approach to addressing them, from a proactive perspective that tackles the underlying causes and origins of conflicts, effectively preventing their outbreak in the first place, and ensures a sustained response to conflicts at all stage. This is in addition to deepening the partnership between the African Union and all international actors, and coordinating their efforts to reinforce their effectiveness and impact on the lives of the peoples of the continent.

Within this context, Cairo hosted the High-Level Retreat of the Special Envoys on the Promotion of Peace, Security and Stability in Africa in October 2023, in order to provide a vital space for constructive dialogue, solidify joint cooperation among all effective stakeholders in Africa, and achieve the required integration and amalgamation among them. Work is also underway to convene the fourth edition of the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development, emanating from Egypt’s steadfast commitment to continuing its active participation in the ongoing deliberations on bolstering efforts toward maintaining peace and security and promoting stability across the African continent.

Finally, I call on Africa’s partners to honor their pledges and commitments, and extend the necessary support to the continent’s countries as they embark on their journey of peacebuilding and development, aligned with the needs and priorities of African countries, upholding the principle of national ownership. Similarly, I reiterate my steadfast commitment to dedicating every effort toward the sustainability of peace and consolidating stability in Africa, in coordination with my brothers, the African Heads of State and Government and the African Union’s apparatuses and agencies. In this context, I call on them to include the updated policy axes of reconstruction and development in their national plans, in alignment with the goals of the 2063 Agenda, notably as the continent ushers-in the second decade of the implementation of the Agenda.

On November 21, 2023, President El-Sisi’s Speech at the Extraordinary Virtual Meeting of BRICS Leaders

“In the Name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful”

Your Excellency, President Cyril Ramaphosa,

President of the Republic of South Africa

Your Excellencies, Leaders of the BRICS countries

Allow me at the outset to express appreciation for the invitation to this crucial meeting and extend sincere gratitude for the decision by the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg to invite Egypt to join the grouping; an invitation that was welcomed by my country. I am confident that it will empower us to foster closer cooperation and joint coordination based on the principles of solidarity, mutual respect and respect for international law.

Our summit comes at a critical juncture, as the Palestinian people are witnessing a continuous escalation in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank that has claimed the lives of thousands of civilians, two-thirds of them women and children. The entire sector endured indiscriminate retribution, siege and deprivation of sustenance as well as coerced displacement efforts. These appalling humanitarian scenes came to expose the inability of the international community and the inertia of human conscience.

Your Excellencies,

Egypt has welcomed international efforts aimed at achieving a ceasefire and protecting civilians in the Gaza Strip, primarily UN Security Council Resolution 2712, which calls for reaching an immediate ceasefire and the establishment of humanitarian corridors stretched across the sector. Egypt is calling on the international community, in this regard, to pressure Israel, as the occupying power, to comply with the implementation of this resolution.

Egypt has opposed and condemned the killing of civilians from all sides, and at the same time it denounces, in the strongest terms, the targeting of civilians and civilian facilities, particularly hospitals. Egypt emphasizes that the international community bears humanitarian and political responsibility to save civilians in Gaza and to end these inhumane practices that render life and living in Gaza impossible, forcing people to abandon their homes and lands.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Egypt is exerting tireless and unwavering efforts to alleviate the suffering of the Palestinian people in Gaza. It has opened the Rafah border crossing since the very first moment to allow humanitarian aid and relief to enter into the sector. It has designated Al Arish airport to receive aid from world countries.

But the mechanisms placed by the Israeli authorities have obstructed the delivery of aid to its beneficiaries. Therefore, the aid entering Gaza is much less than the needs of its people. This requires the international community to ensure the delivery of aid in the adequate quantities for the sustainability of the people of Gaza.

Egypt has been opposed to pressure exercised on the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, and stands against attempts to force them to leave their land and homes, whether individually or collectively. Egypt also stands against any attempts to forcibly displace the Palestinians, inside or outside Gaza, especially that Palestinians leaving their land is a grave violation of international law and international humanitarian law. Also, the proposals of Israel reoccupying the Gaza Strip only make the situation worse and more complicated.

The international community stands silent before the unjustified violence by settlers against the Palestinians in the West Bank and the daily military incursions by the Israeli army in the West Bank, which are all unacceptable policies that contribute to igniting the region and increasing areas of tension in it.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Egyptian priorities are currently to stop the bloodshed through an immediate ceasefire, deliver humanitarian aid safely and sustainably, and avoid targeting civilians and civilian facilities in the Gaza Strip. We stress the need to resolve the roots of the conflict and deal with the Palestinian issue from a comprehensive and integrated perspective that guarantees the rights of the Palestinians to establish their independent state, along the borders of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Thank you

On November 22, 2023, President El-Sisi’s Speech before the Virtual Summit of the Group of 20 (G20)

“In the Name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful”

Your Excellency, Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi ..
Your Excellencies, Heads of State and Government,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Allow me, at the outset, to express my sincere gratitude to His Excellency, the Prime Minister of India, for organizing this summit, which is being held against the backdrop of a severe escalation of global geopolitical tensions. It also comes amid the ongoing repercussions of the successive global economic crises, the slowdown in the advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals, the aggravation of climate change challenges, in addition to the growing state of polarization and selectivity that is becoming more acute on the world stage.
Perhaps the way the international community interacts with the ongoing war in the Palestinian territories is an embodiment of the selectivity that we are talking about. The war machine is still reaping more lives, leaving behind destruction and displacement, despite growing international warnings of the imperative need to protect civilians and respect international law, in addition to the vital importance for the Palestinian people to obtain their legitimate right to establish their state and live in peace and security side by side with Israel.
Excellencies, Heads of State and Government,
The crises that we are living today, even though they have a political and military face, are intertwined with the profound economic imbalances that the world is witnessing. These imbalances substantially undermine the fulfillment of economic and social human rights, particularly in developing countries.
The need to develop and reform the World Order in a comprehensive manner has become imperative. On top of that comes the reform of the international economic and financial structure, including the creation of vigorous financing mechanisms and taking full advantage of the existing ones.
Added to this is reforming the policies and practices of multilateral development banks, in order to enhance their financing ability in accordance with the priorities of developing countries. In addition, it is of a crucial necessity to address the issue of growing sovereign debt of developing countries, including middle-income countries

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Silence is no longer an option in the face of the crises that have broken out. Waiting and anticipating are no longer a solution to the potential international scenarios, geopolitically and economically.
Let me tell you something:” We do not have the luxury of postponing action or confrontation. The challenges are imposing themselves: they are extending, expanding and becoming deeply intertwined. There is no substitute for a moment of honesty with oneself, in which we uphold human conscience, the values of justice, equity and objectivity and joint interests. This shall enable us to surmount the current momentous crises and unleash the efforts to bring about development and security for a better future for all humanity.
Thank you

On November 23, 2023, President El-Sisi’s Speech at the “Long Live Egypt-Long Live Palestine” Event

“In the Name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful”

 

Honorable Attendees,

Ladies and gentlemen,

The great people of Egypt,

 

It is a great pleasure and pride for me to be present at this distinguished gathering of the sons of Egypt, who came together for the sake of the homeland and the cause. Egypt and Arabism have united them; those who embrace them will never go astray and will never be divided. I am filled with immense joy over the hope I see in our gathering, as we are shaping the narrative of the future and paving the path for its fulfillment. As we have pledged together, the unity and alignment of the Egyptians is the guarantor for Egypt’s enduring presence, with God’s will, and its immutable solid foundation.

 

Ladies and gentlemen,

The great people of Egypt,

The Arab region is encountering a formidable crisis that is compounding the longstanding challenges it has endured for decades. The Palestinian cause is facing a critical and sensitive juncture, amid unwarranted and inhumane escalation that has relied on the tactic of collective punishment and genocide as an approach to impose facts on the ground, conducive to the liquidation of the cause, the forced displacement of the people and the usurpation of the land. The stray bullets did not distinguish between a child, a woman and the elderly. Rather, the killing machine roared into action, devoid of human reason or a reprimanding conscience. It has become a disgrace on the face of all humanity.

From the very first moment of the outbreak of this war, the State of Egypt has managed the situation with a mixture of unyielding resolve and decisive decision-making, flexibility in action and attentive monitoring of events, in addition to the prompt up-to-date information and constant engagement with all effective actors. A crisis management cell has been formed from all relevant state institutions, which I have been personally following up around the clock.

My decision was resolute, and it was the same decision of Egypt - the state and people- namely to be at the forefront of the supporters of our brothers in Palestine and to spearhead action for their sake. This firm decision is embedded in the heart of our nation and its conscience. The history of Egypt’s struggle has been inextricably intertwined with sacrifices for the Palestinian cause.  Egyptian blood blended with Palestinian blood for seven decades. By virtue of its history and geography, Egypt is destined to be the backbone in supporting the struggle of the brotherly Palestinian people.

The great people of Egypt,

Egypt has exerted earnest and extensive efforts to prevent the escalation of this war at all levels:

Politically, it hosted the first international summit in Cairo, with broad international and regional participation, in order to obtain an international resolution on the absolute necessity to end the conflict and ensure the flow of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. Egypt’s participation in the Arab-Islamic Summit was also dynamic and crucial, with its outcomes in alignment with Egypt’s stance, in general.

Egypt has also been vigorously engaged with international stakeholders, with regional and world leaders and officials. We clearly stated Egypt’s unequivocal and unwavering position, namely its categorical rejection of the plan for the forced displacement of our Palestinian brothers, either from the Gaza Strip or the West Bank to Egypt and Jordan, and its steadfastness in protecting the Palestinian cause from any endeavors to liquidate it and from any threats to our state’s national security. Here, I would like to thank world countries, primarily the United States of America, which emphasized its position in support of the Egyptian stance as well as its rejection of any attempts in this regard.

We have reiterated the imperative need for an immediate ceasefire and a return to the negotiating table, in order to reach a just and comprehensive peace, based on the acknowledgment of the legitimate rights of the brotherly Palestinian people, primarily the recognition of an Independent Palestinian State, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

On the humanitarian front, our decision was to permanently open the Rafah border crossing to allow the flow of food and medical aid as well as fuel, in addition to receiving the injured and wounded. Despite the ferocity and intensity of the hostilities, we have maintained the continued opening of the crossing.  The humanitarian aid the State of Egypt has delivered to the Gaza Strip amounted to approximately 12-thousand tons, transported on 1300 trucks, including 8400 tons provided by the Egyptian State, through the Egyptian Red Crescent, the National Alliance for Civil Development Work, and Tahya Misr Fund, which account for 70% of the total aid provided.

We have also designated Al-Arish International Airport for receiving aid planes from abroad, with a total of 158 flights. Egypt’s efforts, in collaboration with the U.S. and our Qatari brothers, culminated in an agreement on a renewable four-day humanitarian truce. I hope it will be enforced in earnest in the coming days, without delay or procrastination. God willing, this will start tomorrow (Friday).

The great people of Egypt,

I assure you, in clear and honest terms, that we are determined to remain steadfast in our defiance of this crisis, upholding the historical rights of the Palestinian people and persistently holding on to our sacred national security. We will make every effort and sacrifice, armed with the power of wisdom and the wisdom of power.

We are searching for the lost humanity in the ruins of zero-sum conflicts, which are inflamed by extremist voices, that have lost sight of the divine attribute of Allah, Al-'Adl (Justice), Who brings together humans from all colors, religions and races .. and that peace remains the choice of humanity, even if its enemies seek otherwise. Let’s pray to Allah Almighty to crown our pursuit of peace with success and our sacrifices for humanity with blessings. Let us be united for the sake of the homeland and its security, united by our cause and its fundamentals.

Long Live Egypt… Long Live Palestine

May Allah’s peace, mercy and blessings be upon you


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