Egypt's Sisi calls for political solution to regional crises

Ahram Online , Friday 30 Oct 2015

Organised annually, the IISS Manama dialogue provides a forum for the national security establishments of the participating states to exchange views on regional security challenges

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Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi speaks at the inauguration of the International Institute of Strategic Studies conference "Manama-Dialogue 2015 at Manama (Photo: Reuters)

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said at the annual IISS Manama dialogue in Bahrain that military intervention is not the only way to solve the current crises in different parts of the Middle East. 

In his speech in Bahraini capital Manama late on Friday, El-Sisi highlighted Egypt's responsibility for endorsing a political solution in Palestine, Libya, Syria and Yemen. The Egyptian president spoke about his country's leading role in each of these countries.   

He also highlighted the extreme danger of the militias who have been working on "the domination of the state's powers and laws."

El-Sisi also stressed that economic and social norms have a great influence on any society.

Meanwhile, he said that the international community recognised that the groups who were putting themselves under the umbrella of the religious parties have lost credibility and that their only aim was monopolising the political scene in the Middle East and North Africa region. 

Following his arrival in Bahrain, El-Sisi held talks with the Bahraini King Hamad Bin Issa Al-Khalifa concerning mutual cooperation and the regional crises. 

This visit marks the first for the Egyptian president to Bahrain since he was sworn in to office in June 2014. 

Organised annually, the IISS Manama dialogue provides a forum for the national security establishments of the participating states to exchange views on regional security challenges. 

It is a unique forum in that it is made up of governmental delegations from over 20 countries. 

Among the key non-Arab figures attending the dialogue will be Antony Blinken, US Deputy Secretary of State, Philip Hammond, UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Dr Ursula von der Leyen, German Federal Minister of Defence.

Many high profile politicians from all over the Middle East and North Africa region will also be attending including Ibrahim Al Jaafari, Iraq’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Khaled Al Obeidi, Iraq’s Minister of Defence, and Dr Nabil Elaraby, Secretary General of the League of Arab States. 

The forum is set to commence late on Friday and end on 1 November.   

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