Sisi affirms Egypt’s ability to safeguard its homeland amidst regional challenges

Ahram Online , Saturday 28 Oct 2023

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi reaffirmed on Saturday that the Egyptian state is fully capable of protecting the country amid the risk of regional escalation from the Israeli war on Gaza.

File Photo: Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi. AFP


"We are capable of protecting our homeland, and we are making significant efforts to achieve de-escalation," President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi assured the Egyptian people.

El-Sisi made his remarks during the inauguration of the International Manufacturing Convention and Exhibition’s (IMCE) second edition, which is scheduled to take place on 28-30 October. 

El-Sisi’s remarks came as he addressed the ongoing violence in the Gaza Strip, as well as the recent incidents in Taba and Nuweiba

On Friday, two drones coming from south of the Red Sea crashed in Taba and Nuweiba.

El-Sisi pointed out that these events are clear indicators of the ripple effects of the escalation in Gaza on the broader region.

Nonetheless, he stressed that Egypt is an unassailable, sovereign nation that cannot be undermined.

"The Egyptian state, by the grace of God, its people, its youth, and its army, is entirely capable of safeguarding its homeland," he emphasized.

El-Sisi emphasized that Egypt's foreign policy is not based on treachery or conspiracy, adding that [the Egyptian state] is keen on building the country. However, he also emphasized the importance of recognizing Egypt's sovereignty, stressing that it should not be interfered with or undermined.

Furthermore, El-Sisi expressed his gratitude to the countries that have sent humanitarian aid, underscoring the importance of aligning this aid with needs of Palestinians.

The president explained that the state is exerting substantial efforts to de-escalate the war by ensuring the release of captives.

He emphasized Egypt's commitment to contributing positively to the situation, recognizing that stability is crucial for both the region and the nation.

"We welcome the decision of the United Nations General Assembly calling for a ceasefire in Gaza," El-Sisi reaffirmed.

He welcomed the prospect of a cessation of hostilities, calm, and a ceasefire, saying, "rushing into an impulsive reaction can lead to regret, and I caution against it.”

Moreover, he warned against the escalation of the conflict, saying it could transform the region into a "ticking bomb, causing harm to all parties involved."


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