Egypt Calls For Improving Global System to Combat Terrorism

Egypt Calls For Improving Global System to Combat Terrorism
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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi delivers a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2018 in New York City. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP)
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi delivers a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2018 in New York City. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP)
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Egypt's President Abdel Fattah Sisi called for a comprehensive international framework for the development of counter-terrorism cooperation policies.

Speaking at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly, Sisi said his country launched counterterror operations in 2018 with the approach to eradicate extremism completely through addressing security, and ideological development aspects.

“As you are well aware, Egypt is engaged, since the beginning of this year in the comprehensive operation "Sinai 2018" to combat and decisively eradicate terrorism. This is taking place through a comprehensive strategy that integrates the security, ideological and developmental dimensions,” Sisi said in his speech.

“Based on this experience and on Egypt's overall experience in supporting counterterrorism efforts in the Middle East and North Africa, I can assure you that the level of finance, the sophistication of arms and training, as well as the means of communication obtained by these extremist groups, and the facilitation of movement and travel of foreign terrorist fighters, point to the inevitable need to develop a global system to combat terrorism wherever it exists, and to counter whoever provides it with support in any possible way,” he added.

Sisi blamed defragmentation plaguing nations worldwide under civil strife on the rebirth of sectarian loyalties as an alternative to national identity and patriotism.

“They chose the nation-state to be their vehicle for reform and to realize their aspirations for freedom, development, and dignity,” he said.
 


“The disintegration of nations as a result of civil strife or regression to sectarian loyalties is responsible for the most dangerous phenomena in our contemporary world, including armed conflicts, human trafficking, illegal migration, organized crime and illicit trade in arms and drug trafficking,” he added.

Sisi also addressed the need for emboldening human rights globally.

“We need to address the major shortcomings in the international community's handling of human rights issues.”

“The credibility of the United Nations cannot be restored, as long as millions continue to suffer from extreme poverty, live under foreign occupation or fall victim to terrorism and armed conflict,” he said.

Sisi’s speech rallied strong support back in Cairo, with parliamentary, religious and popular figures lauding and supporting the president’s statements.

Al-Azhar, Egypt’s top religious authority, praised the vision of galvanizing international efforts to confront terrorism.

In a statement, Al-Azhar stressed the need to preserve a just national state, based on the concepts of citizenship, democracy, and equality, and protect it from caving and breaking under pressures of civil strife and sectarian zeal.
 
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