File Photo: The Egyptian Foreign Ministry in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)
Egypt affirmed on Saturday its “firm condemnation” of all forms of terrorism, marking the UN International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism that takes place annually on 21 August.
On this day, “we remember the suffering of the innocent victims of terrorism assaults in Egypt and around the world,” a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry read.
The United Nations General Assembly established 21 August as the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, in accordance with a 2017 resolution.
The day aims to honor and provide support to the terrorism victims and survivors and also to ensure that they fully enjoy their human rights and fundamental freedoms, according to the UN.
Over the past seven years, Egypt has been battling terrorism especially in North and Central Sinai. Terror attacks nationwide have targeted Christian and Muslim worshippers, police and army forces and civilians.
Officials have frequently affirmed that the challenge of terrorism must be countered through a comprehensive approach that includes security and ideological solutions.
In this regard, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has affirmed the need to reform religious discourse as an important element in confronting extremist ideology.