Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi pose for an image with Arab ministers of youth and sports in Cairo taken on Saturday 28 May, 2022. Photo courtesy of Egyptian Presidential spokesman Facebook page.
El-Sisi also suggested declaring 2023 as the year of Arab youth and organising a group of relevant activities alternately in the capitals of the Arab countries over the coming year.
The president made the remarks as he met with the ministers on the sidelines of the 45th session of the Council of Arab Ministers for Youth and Sports, which took place on Thursday at the premises of the Arab League’s General Secretariat in Cairo.
During the meeting, El-Sisi said the proposed union would serve as a mechanism to maximise regular interaction between Arab youth, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement.
This would enable youth to learn about shared features and differences between Arab countries’ cultures, unify them, help them become aware of their issues and concerns, and deepen relations among the Arab youth at the popular level, according to the president.
The union will also help the youth confront rumours, correct intellectual deviation, and face destructive and extremist misconceptions and the negative phenomena that cast a shadow on societal awareness, El-Sisi added.
The president held an open dialogue with the ministers on the different Arab experiences regarding youth work. They discussed means of benefiting from these experiences to support dialogue between youth and secure a space for them to formulate visions concerning the challenges that they face.
The president stressed the importance of raising awareness among Arab youth regarding digital transformation, software and rapid technological progress, which greatly affect the future of job opportunities.
He highlighted the importance of helping youth to keep pace with developments in this regard, referring to the group of modern technological universities that Egypt has recently established for this purpose.
The youth sector is a fundamental dimension of the national security of countries, El-Sisi stressed
He underscored the great importance of building real understanding and awareness among youth in a way that enhances stability, security and peace and provides factors for progress and success.
El-Sisi called for maximising the joint Arab capabilities to make good use of the huge positive energy that the youth represent.
He also called for immunising the minds of Arab youth against extremist ideologies and destructive and false ideas that would threaten the capabilities of states.
The Arab ministers commended the importance Egypt attaches to the sports and youth fields, especially by adopting several interactive initiatives and holding national, regional and global events and conferences in this regard.
This reflects the pivotal role played by the youth in Egypt’s national development strategy, the ministers affirmed.
Egyptian Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhi attended Saturday’s meeting.
On Thursday, Sobhi was elected unopposed president of the executive office of the Council of Arab Ministers for Youth and Sports at the end of the council’s session.
The youth and sports ministers of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Tunisia, the UAE, Algeria, Libya, Jordan and Palestine were also elected as members of the executive office. Jordan was elected head of the council's youth committee while Iraq won the chairmanship of the sports committee.