Text of President El Sisi’s speech at the opening of the Aswan Forum for Peace and Sustainable Development
President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi delivered a speech today at the opening of the Aswan Forum for Peace and Sustainable Development, stressing the need to take responsibility in climate change issues and its negatives on the African continent.
President Sisi stressed that concerted efforts must be made to realize the aspirations of the African people in various fields. Following is the text of the President's speech today at the opening of the Aswan Forum for Peace and Sustainable Development:
Excellencies, Heads of State and Government of Africa,
Ladies and gentlemen, heads of delegations,
Ladies and Gentelmen,
Today I am pleased to welcome you all, on the occasion of the inauguration of the first session of the Aswan Forum for Peace and Sustainable Development. This forum, which starts today from the city of Aswan, the southern bridge of Egypt to its continent, and the eternal Nile crossing that flows from life from the heart of Africa to the arteries of the children of Egypt as an eternal bond, embodies brotherhood, affirms the unity of destiny, and the hopes of our African peoples are mixed.
There is no more appropriate from the present time to meet together in the framework of this forum, to discuss the challenges facing us in Africa, foremost of which is the stability of the state of peace and security, and the achievement of sustainable development to which we aspire, as well as protecting our African countries and societies from the spread of the terrorism epidemic and its associated Phenomena, perhaps the most dangerous of which are arms smuggling and proliferation, the increase in organized crime, human trafficking and illegal immigration. In the midst of these confrontations, we find it imperative that we also deal responsibly with the negative repercussions of climate change, which exacerbated the problems of desertification and the scarcity of water and natural resources. All of this, while our peoples see that peace, security, development and welfare are human rights, and that they deserve to be granted these rights like the rest of the world’s people.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Facing these challenges and problems requires us to join all efforts, based on the established African principle, "African solutions to African problems". Our awareness of this principle has been a strong motivation for African leaders in the past years to strive to formulate specific plans and strategies aimed at achieving the aspirations of African people in various fields. Through continuous meetings and unremitting efforts, Africa succeeded in formulating the development agenda 2063, whose goals meet the needs of the people of the continent. The African Union also adopted the initiative to silence guns by 2020, which aims to eliminate all conflicts and conflicts on the continent by 2020 by preparing clear implementation frameworks that address the roots of conflicts and contribute to post-conflict reconstruction and development. There is no doubt that activating those The initiative represents a cornerstone of achieving stability throughout the continent, especially by building the institutions of the national state and enabling it to carry out its tasks and preserve its capabilities and help its people to move towards development and prosperity.
It is no secret to you that the political will of the leaders of African countries to resolve the existing conflicts and immunize the peoples and states from any future wars, disputes and dangers only confirms our countries' commitment to achieve the comprehensive revival that was formulated by the countries of the continent. From this standpoint, Egypt believes that the best way to achieve peace and stability in the African continent, and in the world, is to work to address the root causes of problems that threaten peace and security, and prevent conflicts and crises from arising in the first place, especially through preventive diplomacy and mediation to settle disputes that It may arise between states.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
In this context, I am concerned to stress the necessity of joining all regional and international efforts to support the security and stability of the African continent, based on the principle of state sovereignty and the pivotal role of governments in formulating peace agreements and development plans in accordance with national priorities, in order to establish national ownership of these efforts. Achieving and sustaining peace in the long term will only be achieved by strengthening the ability of states and governments to extend their sovereignty over the entire territory, and to upgrade their institutional capacities in various fields. The national state is the vessel that guarantees the security and stability necessary for the sustainability of development.
Our vision on the African continent is not complete with the reality that we build, and for the better tomorrow we want, except by giving the position due to them to women and youth, as talking about empowering women and integrating youth in various fields and levels should be translated into executive policies, with the aim of facing the difficulties that we mobilize efforts to cross. , And in pursuit of the broad expectations that we aspire to.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
We are all aware of the close relationship between achieving development and stabilizing the state of security and peace on our continent. If we have been able together to overcome some obstacles in order to bring peace and advance development, then the success of our continuous efforts requires more cooperation and intensification of work in the competition of time to reach the goals that we seek. There is no doubt that today we are making an important step in that direction through our meeting in the Aswan Forum, this unique African forum, which represents a regional and continental platform for discussion and dialogue and the exchange of experiences and experiences. We are confident that the forum’s work will support the continent’s endeavors to develop the architecture of African peace and security in a comprehensive and lasting manner, in parallel with achieving complementarity between this structure and efforts to achieve sustainable development, as well as between peacebuilding, preventive diplomacy and mediation, and efforts to deal with the roots of crises facing The continent.
We have chosen to be an African forum in all its details, whether in terms of the idea, the process of substantive and organizational preparation, or the program of work and sessions. The Aswan Forum expresses the ownership of the people of the continent for their destiny and embodies their leadership in relation to African affairs. This is the main guarantee that the forum will address the problems facing the continent and offer them solutions, and highlight existing opportunities and develop plans to seize them, which is not consistent with openness to cooperation with international partners on the basis of achieving mutual benefit and mutual benefits.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The most convincing evidence of the usefulness of serious ideas and thoughtful insights is to turn them into reality. In this regard, we do not need today to revive and activate our African continent's framework policy for post-conflict reconstruction and development, and translate it into executive plans that fortify countries emerging from conflicts against the dangers of relapse, and help build the capacity of their institutions to carry out their tasks and contribute to healing wounds Their communities. From here, we all look forward to signing the agreement hosting Egypt to the African Union Center for Post-conflict Reconstruction and Development, which we aim to serve as a coordination platform for the university and a thoughtful mind working on preparing special programs for countries emerging from conflict that take into account the privacy of each country and protect Its right to ownership of the path of reconstruction and development.
In conclusion, I cannot help but renew my welcome to you in Aswan, and express my confidence that your participation and dialogues throughout the Forum sessions will be constructive and fruitful, and will contribute to supporting efforts to achieve peace and sustainable development that are a goal and a right for all the countries of the African continent to take the place that It deserves among the countries of the world.