Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (Photo: Al-Ahram)
Conflict resolution should not be brought about by military action, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said, stressing the necessity of development to achieve stability.
At an open meeting with young people on the sidelines of the final day of the World Youth Forum in Sharm El-Sheikh on Tuesday, El-Sisi addressed a number of topics, including terrorism and development efforts.
“More development lowers chances of conflict outbreaks,” he said, adding that the African Union Peace and Security Council is the party concerned with existing conflicts in the continent.
He said that Egypt had a role in de-escalating the situation in South Sudan, affirming that Sahel and Saharan states cannot be left unsupported.
Speaking about the Kurds, he said that Kurdish identity cannot be eliminated, stressing that the Kurdish people have faced hardships over the past 60 years.
He also said that terrorism as a notion was created so “coountries would kill themselves and no one would succeed.”
“Terrorism in Egypt has existed for 60 years, and has been trying to obstruct Egypt’s progress. This plot [terrorism] is incapable of success,” he said.