During his speech at the UN General Assembly on Friday, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi stressed the importance of having all sectors of Egyptian society contribute to prosperity.
The President called for “Fair and balanced prosperity that benefits everyone, most of all women whose important role in every aspect of life is proven day after day.”
El-Sisi called once again on the international community to help Egypt overcome obstacles in the path of prosperity and to help fight terrorism.
Egypt has been combating a decade-long militant insurgency in North Sinai, which intensified in the past two years following the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.
Hundreds of army and police personnel have been killed. The army has also announced the killing of hundreds of militants.
El-Sisi, apparently referencing nationwide protests against Morsi during the ousted president’s last few days in power, emphasised that Egyptians had mobilized to face extremism, saying they will eventually change extreme ideas.
El-Sisi also highlighted the inauguration of the new Suez Canal project, hailing all Egyptians for their contributions to the endeavour, which was finished in one year.