On terror victims day, Egypt calls for world to unite against attempts to 'sow seeds of division'

Ahram Online , Sunday 21 Aug 2022

Egypt has called for the world to remain united against those who seek to “sow the seeds of division and hate in our societies,” marking the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism on Sunday.

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The United Nations observes the international day of victims of terrorism every year on 21 August, after it was established by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in 2017.

The day aims to honour and support the victims of terrorist attacks worldwide and to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms.

This year, the international day is being celebrated under the theme "Memories" after consultations with terror victims and victims’ associations.

"Memories bind us together as if connected by a red thread, a fil rouge: a thread that signifies our common humanity and solidarity with those who have suffered irreparable losses in the most heinous of circumstances," the UN said on its website.

“Egypt expresses its full solidarity with the innocent victims of terrorist groups’ crimes in Egypt and around the world,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement today.

The ministry stressed Egypt’s strong condemnation of all forms and manifestations of terrorism.

Egypt, which has been battling terrorism over the past decade, has reiterated the importance of facing terrorism with a comprehensive approach that includes security and ideological solutions.

In this regard, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has affirmed the need to reform religious discourse as an important element in confronting extremist ideology and terrorism.

Egypt has also affirmed that facing the phenomenon of terrorism requires collective action from the whole world, and has also called for intensifying coordination between African countries to eliminate all forms of terrorism.

Egypt has also announced plans to work on boosting the effectiveness of the international system to fight terrorism during its scheduled chairmanship of the Coordinating Committee of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) between 2023 and 2025.

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