Reforming religious discourse still essential to defeating terrorism: Sisi

Ahram Online , Wednesday 21 Jun 2017

Sisi at conference
File photo of Egypt's President Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi giving a speech on Tuesday, June 21, 2017. (Photo Courtesy of Spokesman of Egyptian Presidency Facebook Page)

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi reiterated in a speech on Wednesday his position that reforming religious discourse is a key element in defeating terrorism.

The president said during an Al-Azhar ceremony celebrating Ramadan's Laylat Al-Qadr that four things need to be achieved defeat terrorism; renewing religious discourse, dealing with all terrorist groups equally, rebuilding regional states and their apparatuses, and cutting off funding to terrorist groups.

El-Sisi added that standing up to countries that support terrorism is essential to defeating the phenomenon.

The president also spoke of efforts undertaken by Egypt to defeat terrorism including pushing for peaceful resolutions to regional conflicts, which create an environment that breeds terrorism.

El-Sisi condemned countries in the region that “support and fund terrorism” and give terrorist groups access to media outlets.

"I say to such countries; enough, and let us agree to unite and cooperate for the interests of our nations," he added.

El-Sisi's statements come amid a severing by Egypt and several Gulf countries of diplomatic ties with Qatar over what they say is the country’s support of terrorist groups, which Doha denies.

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