Source: Cairo – Arabic.net
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi called for holding an African summit in Cairo looking to form a force to confront and combat terrorism in the continent.
Al-Sisi said during his speech in front of The African Summit In Addis Ababa, Sunday, he is ready to discuss the arrangements for this summit with the President of South Africa who assumed the presidency of the African Union, explaining the importance of the summit in developing a comprehensive vision to combat the phenomenon of terrorism and achieve peace and security in Africa.
Al-Sisi called for extensive consultation on the organizational and substantive dimensions of the African summit that could be hosted by Cairo, and suggested that the proposed force be with the knowledge of the African Peace and Security Council and the bureau of the Technical Committee for Defense, to be presented to the Summit Bureau as soon as possible.
The Egyptian President stressed that the efforts made by his country during its presidency of the African Union will not be the end, stressing that Egypt will remain a fundamental supporter for strengthening the frameworks of African cooperation.
Al-Sisi stressed that the continuation of conflicts and the increase in the risks of terrorism and extremism are the most important challenges facing the continent, noting that the comprehensive development efforts in Africa will not take place without an update of the infrastructure.
He stated that Egypt will continue its role in supporting African action, solving the continent’s problems, and activating all cooperation initiatives between its countries, stressing that the path towards the development of Africa 2063 still needs the tireless work of African youth.
Al-Sisi added that the Egyptian presidency of the African Union was characterized by great momentum at all levels and in various fields, within the framework of Egypt’s keenness to view its responsibility in all sincerity and honesty in all regional and continental forums.
He continued: “The road towards the future and the development of the African continent is still extended by the hopes of the African youth.”
He stressed the need to follow this path with hard work and thoughtful thinking, and drawing on the continental national self-ability, while welcoming any international cooperation on the basis of respect and mutual benefit.
He concluded his speech by saying: “I am confident in our ability to change reality and formulate a better future that places the continent in its rightful place among the countries and continents of the world.”