Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi told the heads of African constitutional courts, supreme courts, and constitutional councils on Saturday that judicial institutions are imperative in the fight against terrorism and extremism.
According to a presidential statement, El-Sisi stressed the necessity of creating the appropriate judicial frameworks to deal with the phenomena due to their debilitating impact on the state.
El-Sisi's statements came during a meeting with the chiefs of African constitutional courts in Cairo on the sidelines of the fifth high-level African Constitutional Conference, hosted by Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court.
El-Sisi reviewed Egypt’s vision in the past few years to combat terrorism and extremism, the impact of which has gone beyond the security, intellectual, and religious challenges.
Egypt has been constructing projects, improving infrastructure, and enhancing the economic and social conditions of Egyptians as some of the key means to combat terrorism, El-Sisi said.
He added that Egypt has maximised the judiciary’s role to enable it to combat the threat.
El-Sisi expressed Egypt’s readiness to back African states suffering from the scourge of terrorism as part of its moral and religious responsibility.
This responsibility falls under Egypt’s efforts to harness its potential to help its African counterparts, being a “beacon of moderate Islam” globally and as part of its essential role to fight attempts to defame Islam through terrorist crimes, he said.
The participating heads of African courts hailed the conference for its role in strengthening judicial cooperation between African constitutional courts, the presidential statement read.
They added that the conference has become an important annual tradition that reflects Egypt’s unwavering position towards Africa.