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President El-Sisi’s Speech at the Joint Press Conference with European Leaders

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

Your Excellency, Ms. Ursula von der Leyen,

The President of the European Commission

Your Excellency, Mr. Alexander De Croo

The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Belgium, the current President of the European Union Presidency

Your Excellency, President Nikos Christodoulides, 

The President of the Republic of Cyprus  

Your Excellency, Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis,

The Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic

Your Excellency, Mr. Karl Nehammer,

The Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria

Your Excellency, Ms. Giorgia Meloni,

The Prime Minister of the Italian Republic

Ladies and gentlemen,

Allow me at the outset to welcome you as dear guests of Egypt. Your visit to Cairo today coincides with a significant momentum in Egyptian-European relations, whether with the institutions of the European Union or its member states.

Your visit celebrates a crucial phase in relations between Egypt and the European Union. Together, we have successfully accomplished significant progress in our partnership. A short while ago, I signed with Ms. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, a “Joint Political Declaration”, to embark on a collaborative path toward upgrading relations between Egypt and the European Union to the level of “Comprehensive and Strategic Partnership”, with a view to forging closer cooperation to achieve mutual benefit.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Charting a course of deeper relations between Egypt and the European Union has been coupled with a financial package of approximately 7.4 billion euros to bolster the Egyptian economy. This envisages three main components, namely concessional financing, investment guarantees and technical support for the implementation of bilateral cooperation projects.

We have also agreed with Ms. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, to convene a joint investment conference between Egypt and the European Union in the second half of 2024, showcasing Egypt’s vast and diverse investment opportunities and potential to drive European company engagement in the Egyptian market.

Our discussions placed special emphasis on energy as a key area for cooperation, with a particular focus on natural gas and electricity interconnection. We agreed to collaborate on green hydrogen production as a clean source of energy, and affirmed our commitment to further advancing this dynamic cooperation within the framework of “The East Mediterranean Gas Forum”. This partnership is crucial for ensuring regional and international energy security.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Today, we deliberated on the vital need to further cooperation on common challenges, primarily illegal migration. We confirmed our unwavering commitment to combating this phenomenon through our persistent collaborative efforts. This shall encompass tackling the root-causes through development-focused solutions and improving regular migration routes.

There was an alignment of views with regard to the critical importance of strengthening Egypt’s efforts, which have effectively curbed the influx of illegal migration from Egyptian coasts since 2006. In addition, Egypt hosts 9 million foreigners, who are enjoying the same social and health services as Egyptian citizens.

Honorable attendees,

Our talks today addressed pressing regional and international issues of mutual concern, with a special focus on the Palestinian cause and the war in Gaza. I emphasized the inevitability of a ceasefire with utmost urgency and an end to Israel’s hostilities. I also urged European leaders to exert substantial efforts to secure an immediate and unconditional ceasefire, and to scale-up humanitarian assistance and relief to the Gaza Strip to alleviate the devastating humanitarian catastrophe endured by the Palestinian people there.

We agreed with the European leaders on the categorical rejection of an Israeli military operation in the City of Rafah, which will only exacerbate the already exacerbated humanitarian crisis in the sector. This is in addition to the repercussions of this military operation on liquidating the Palestinian issue, which Egypt unequivocally and absolutely rejects. Once again, Egypt reaffirms its unshakeable and immutable rejection of any attempt by Israel to forcibly displace the Palestinian people from their lands, which have been under occupation since 1967, including the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

I extensively reviewed Egypt’s massive efforts to resolve the crisis, stressing the need to address the Palestinian issue from a holistic and integrated approach that secures the Palestinian rights to establish their independent state, along the June 4, 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Finally, I want to emphasize the need to unify our message to the international community, reiterating that the suffering of the Palestinian people across the occupied Palestinian territories over the past decades will show no signs of abating unless there is an acknowledgement of the State of Palestine, enjoying full membership of the United Nations, as well as earnest efforts toward the implementation of the two-state solution, in line with international references. The procrastination in resolving this issue exposes, not only the region, but the whole world to a state of instability.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Once again I welcome you as dear guests of Egypt, and I thank you for our fruitful discussions today, looking forward to continuing our constructive dialogue and ongoing coordination among us.

Thank you

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