Egypt backs establishing African state councils, supreme courts union to protect freedoms, rights: Sisi

Ahram Online , Tuesday 17 May 2022

Egypt supports the establishment of a union for African state councils and supreme courts to fulfill the legitimate aspirations of African people in protecting continental resources and their preserving rights and freedoms, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said.

Egypt s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi meets with heads and representatives of African state councils and high administrative courts, 17 May 2022. Egyptian Presidency


El-Sisi made the remarks Tuesday as he received heads and representatives of African state councils and supreme administrative courts, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement.

The meeting comes as the Egyptian State Council is celebrating 75 years since its establishment.

The president affirmed Egypt's support for the establishment of an African entity out of its keenness to spread legal awareness and culture and exchange of expertise and knowledge among African people, especially regarding administrative law.

El-Sisi also stressed Egypt's keenness to ensure collaboration and coordination among Africans to enhance the joint work.

Egypt’s Minister of Justice Omar Marwan and Chairman of the State Council Mohamed Hossam El-Din attended the meeting.

For his part, Marwan affirmed the importance of establishing the planned African union to enhance cooperation and exchange expertise in the field of administrative justice among African countries, the spokesman said.

The union will also encourage legal research and studies related to administrative justice and contribute to spreading the legal culture in African communities, Marwan noted.

Hossam El-Din explained that the establishment of this legal entity will benefit from Egyptian institutional experience and influence in advancing relations among African countries.

The African participants hailed the vital role that will be played by the planned union as an important coordinating mechanism to build a single legal structure in Africa.

This will come by developing cooperation between the administrative judicial authorities in African countries, the participants explained.

In this regard, the presidential spokesman highlighted Egypt’s "unwavering stance under President [El-Sisi] towards Africa as a focal point for maximising the system of collective action among its countries."

The meeting witnessed open dialogue between El-Sisi and the participants, where they affirmed the need for the African judiciary to play an influential role in activating coordination among African states to build a unified legislative environment.

This would contribute to strengthening the role of African states and communities in addressing global challenges that obstruct the process of formulating a common future for the continent.

The dialogue tackled the most vital issues in the continent, particularly combating terrorism as a basic necessity for national stability.

In June last year, Cairo hosted the fifth high-level African Constitutional Conference, which included heads of African constitutional courts, supreme courts and constitutional councils.

On the sidelines of the conference, El-Sisi stressed the necessity of creating the appropriate judicial frameworks to deal with terrorism and extremism due to their debilitating impact on the African states.

El-Sisi expressed Egypt’s readiness to back African states suffering from the scourge of terrorism as part of its moral and religious responsibility.

This responsibility falls under Egypt’s efforts to harness its potential to help its African counterparts, being a “beacon of moderate Islam” globally and as part of its essential role to fight attempts to defame Islam through terrorist crimes, he said.

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