Sisi calls for formulating African strategy to eliminate terrorism, extremism in AU bureau meeting

Ahram Online , Saturday 15 Jan 2022

Egypt calls for a clear African strategy to eliminate the danger of terrorism and extremism and dry up its funding sources, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said on behalf of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

File photo: Egyptian President Abdel-Fatath El-Sisi. Reuters

Madbouly made the remarks via video conference during a meeting for the African Union Bureau of Assembly of Heads of State and Government on Saturday chaired by Félix Tshisekedi, president of DR Congo and current chair of the AU.

Egypt aims to support African countries by intensifying counterterrorism training to African cadres and by participating in the United Nations peacekeeping efforts, a cabinet statement cited El-Sisi as saying.

This is in addition to Egypt’s continued efforts through the Cairo-based Sahel-Saharan Counterterrorism Centre, El-Sisi added.

The president expressed Egypt’s readiness to provide further support on the bilateral level as well as through the AU mechanisms, the statement said.

Egypt, as always, will spare no effort to work with its African brothers to overcome the obstacles facing the continent and restore a steady pace toward achieving the goals and aspirations of African people for a better future, El-Sisi affirmed.

Tshisekedi hailed Egypt’s preparedness to enhance the capabilities of African countries, affirming that the continent is in need of all forms of support, the statement said.

The Egyptian president voiced Egypt’s appreciation of the efforts made by DR Congo toward achieving the interests of the African continent, according to the statement.

Egypt has frequently called for intensifying coordination among African countries to eliminate all forms of terrorism, affirming its keenness to share its expertise in facing extremism and terrorism financing.

Egypt also presided over the AU’s Peace and Security Council (PSC) through November and took over the presidency for 2022 of the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services (CISSA), an intelligence provider to the AU states, from Nigeria.

Hosting CISSA’s 17th conference last month, El-Sisi highlighted the need for intensifying coordination among all relevant continental mechanisms, including CISSA, to dry up terrorism resources, besiege its activities, and protect African people from its dangers.

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