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Egypt does what it takes to maintain its national security, says Sisi

Ahram Online , Monday 29 Jun 2020
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A file photo of Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (Photo: Egyptian Presidency)
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Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said on Monday the country's national security extends beyond its political borders to any region that may negatively affect its historic rights.

"This is a turbulent region and the regional and international intertwined balances make it difficult for any country to live in isolation and await the repercussions of developments surrounding it," the president said during the celebration held to commemorate the 30 June 2013 Revolution.

"Egypt is aware of these challenges that may border on real threats which need to be confronted firmly to maintain the country and its people's security and stability.

"Egypt has comprehensive and influential power in its regional surrounding, but it always prefers peace... Egypt doesn't interfere in others' affairs but at the same time, it does what it takes to maintain its national security. This is Egypt's policy that is based on honour, without compromising its rights," El-Sisi added.

The country is facing multiple challenges to its national security in its western neighbour, Libya, and to the south in Ethiopia.

Egypt has been engaged in tripartite negotiations with Sudan and Ethiopian over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam for nearly a decade, with talks achieving less than satisfactory results.

Cairo fears the dam will diminish its water supply from the Nile, on which it relies for much of its fresh water.  

Ethiopia hopes the massive $4.8 billion megaproject on the Blue Nile, which has been under construction since 2011, will allow it to become Africa’s largest power exporter.

More recently, Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan agreed that Addis Ababa will delay the filling of the dam until an agreement is reached, the Egyptian presidency said on Friday, signalling progress in talks over the disputed project.

The announcement came after an emergency African Union online summit of leaders of the three countries, chaired by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The United Nations Security Council will hold a meeting on Monday night to discuss the GERD developments after the three countries had sent memos and letters to the international body with Egypt urging the council to intervene to preserve international security and stability.

El-Sisi earlier said that Cairo can directly intervene in Libya to protect the country’s national security with the support of local tribes, stressing that the country has the legitimacy to interfere.

Egypt has been trying to defuse the Libyan situation, drafting the Cairo Declaration, together with the Commander of the Libyan National Army Khalifa Haftar and Libyan Parliamentary Speaker Aguila Saleh.

The Cairo proposal, in line with UN resolutions and recommendations of the Berlin Conference, calls for a ceasefire that would pave the way for electing a leadership council for Libya.

The initiative also called for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Libya.

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