Egypt’s Sisi discusses Al-Azhar, terrorism with Burkina Faso, Tajikistan presidents in Riyadh

Ahram Online , Saturday 20 May 2017

El-Sisi is currently in Riyadh to attend the Arab Islamic American Conference

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi with Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met on Saturday with the presidents of Burkina Faso and Tajikistan during his visit to Riyadh where he will attend the Arab Islamic American Conference, state news agency MENA reported.

El-Sisi and Tajikistan’s Emomali Rahmon agreed that both countries should bolster economic ties and trade with each other.

They also discussed ways to strengthen international efforts in fighting terrorism, with both presidents affirming the importance of the cultural aspects of fighting terrorism alongside the military and security dimension.

The two leaders also agreed on the importance of Egypt's Al-Azhar, the world's highest of Sunni learning, in spreading the accurate teachings of Islam and battling extremist ideas.

At the end of the meeting, Rahmon extended an invitation to El-Sisi to visit Tajikistan, which was welcomed by the Egyptian president, who said he would visit as soon as he can.

El-Sisi also met with Burkina Faso’s President Roch Marc Kabore, where he praised Kabore’s efforts to stabilise his country during its transition.

The duo discussed possible ways of bolstering economic ties between the two countries and increasing trade.

They also discussed a number of shared African issues, including possible ways to eradicate terrorism.

El-Sisi extended an invitation to Kabore to visit Cairo soon.

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