Egypt's Sisi urges Arab youth ministers to combat ideological extremism
Ahram Online, , Monday 22 Apr 2019

During a meeting at the Ittihadiya Presidential Palace in Cairo on Monday, Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi urged Arab ministers of youth and sports to adopt the Arab strategy aiming to invest in youth energies and combat ideological extremism.

President El-Sisi received the Arab ministers on the sidelines of the 42nd session of their council in Cairo, pointing out the importance of maximising their ministries' role in guiding the energies of the youth and instilling the concepts of national unity.

The president also stressed that young people currently constitute the largest segment of Arab societies and thus represent a potential for huge positive energy if used well.

El-Sisi stressed the importance of formulating an ambitious and progressive plan of action to activate the Arab strategy to invest in youth energies and combat extremism within the framework of preserving nation states in the Arab region.

The meeting witnessed an open dialogue and exchange of views between the president and the ministers on integrating Arab youth action and intellectual fortification against extreme ideologies and finding a firm cornerstone of creating youth community cadres in the Arab world.

The Arab ministers praised the political leadership's keenness to promote the youth and sports fields, especially through the adoption of many interactive initiatives involving youth, and the establishment of national, regional and international events and conferences in this regard, which reflect the pivotal role of youth in Egypt's national development strategy.

The president stressed the importance of enhancing the role of Arab youth and sports ministries as a platform to maximise interaction between Arab youth at all levels.