Mandela, Nasser gave Africans hope for dignity and independence: Sisi

MENA , Monday 24 Sep 2018

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi at Nelson Mandela summit in UN (Photo:

Egypt President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said on Monday that Nelson Mandela's life represented the hope of African people for dignity and independence, saying other African icons also played the same role including late Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser.

In a speech at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, which is held on the sidelines of the 73rd of the United Nations General Assembly "UNGA" in New York, El-Sisi said that there was a true need to solve roots of conflicts and to respect human rights.

"Today's gathering provides a great opportunity to provide our children with better education and to reduce the rate of unemployment among the youth," El-Sisi said.

He also stressed the importance of protecting the youth against the danger of extremism and terrorism.

Earlier on Monday, the president met with his Lebanese counterpart Michel Aoun, expressing Egypt's support for the security and stability of all Arab countries and the rejection of foreign interference in their domestic affairs.

Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said El-Sisi had praised the historical relations between Egypt and Lebanon during the meeting, expressing his desire to increase cooperation and coordination with Lebanon.

In turn, Aoun praised Egypt's efforts to achieve stability, peace, and development in the region and also hailed Egypt's support for Lebanon.

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