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President Sisi meets writers on Egypt's challenges

Wednesday، 23 March 2016 - 12:20 PM

 President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met on Tuesday 22/3/2016 a raft of writers and intellectuals, with Culture Minister Helmy el Namnam and former ministers of culture Gaber Asfour
and Mohamed Saber Arab attending.

The meeting comes at the start of a series of get-togethers the president plans to
hold with various Egyptian intellectual, political and economic powers for more
communication and cooperation to face challenges and draft a future vision for
Egypt based on dialogue and societal participation, presidential spokesman Alaa
Youssef said.

During the meeting, the president asserted the importance of bridging the gap between
the theorization and the real life when tackling the problems.

He pointed to the hard situation in the region, which poses a challenge that
requires the unity among all national powers to overcome them to achieve the
aspirations of the Egyptians.

The president listened to the visions and proposals of the participants who called
for increasing the participation of the private sector, political parties,
non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and trade unions in the development

The participants also stressed the importance of controlling the performance of the
media and supporting its role in highlighting the development efforts exerted
by the state. 

They also called for overcoming the problem of polarization and division that
threatens several countries in the region. 

They also urged ensuring the freedom of expression without restrictions and
providing a favorable environment for culture and thought prosperity.

For his part, President Sisi said that among the great gains of the two revolutions
of January 25 and June 30 is the elimination of the power monopoly or staying
in office against the will of the Egyptians.

He asserted the state's keenness to achieve balance between rights and freedom
from one hand, and security requirements necessary for the stability of the

To that end, the president noted that four batches of prisoners were released in
line with initiatives by the National Council for Human Rights and young media

The president also stressed the necessity of paying attention to the economic and
social rights to provide decent lives for low-income citizens and those who
live in slums, in parallel with protecting the political and civil rights that
should be developed and boosted.

"States are only built by sweat and efforts," Sisi said, adding that he was keen
to be transparent with the people about the economic situation in Egypt.

He also asserted the importance of the women's role that receives every respect
and appreciation.

The president called on the participants to form action groups that bring together
Egyptian experts to discuss various issues and challenges facing Egypt, saying
that he will meet the groups to be briefed on their proposals and visions.


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