‘No reconciliation with MB’
PRESIDENT Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi has stressed the importance of raising people’s awareness about conspiracies which, he said, target the country’s stability.
During the Armed Forces’ 32nd cultural seminar on Sunday, which coincided with the 47th anniversary of the 6 October War victory, Al-Sisi delivered several messages to the public, the most important of which was refusing any form of reconciliation with the banned Muslim Brotherhood (MB) though he did not mention the group by name. “I cannot reconcile with those who threaten my country and nation. When you kill and try to destroy a nation of 100 million people, how can I reconcile with you?” he said.
The event, which included the screening of a movie on challenges facing Egypt past and present, comes days after the release of classified e-mails involving former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton revealing that the Obama administration knew that the outlawed group had links to the terrorist organisation Al-Qaeda and that the US administration supported the MB and helped it to reach power after the January 2011 Revolution. Moreover the e-mails highlighted the fact that the administration was informed of the MB’s plan to control the media to disseminate their ideology.
Al-Sisi also urged Egyptians to boycott media outlets that spread false information which, he said, was trying to convince viewers that the ruling regime is corrupt with the aim of failing the country. The president was referring to media campaigns launched by pro-Muslim Brotherhood satellite channels broadcasting from Qatar and Turkey which have a history of spreading disinformation about the Egyptian state and the army. He stressed the importance of preserving the state to face conspiracies that aim to shake the country’s stability.
“There are currently new wars using public opinion to destroy the state. The challenges in Egypt are vast and we can stand together against them. Our nation will not be defeated by external wars,” he said.
Al-Sisi reminded the public of his warning when he first came to power that there were plenty of challenges ahead and that it was not going to be easy to overcome them. “We are using all our available tools as we cannot return to the previous crises,” confirmed the president.
Al-Sisi highlighted the achievements made in national projects, saying that what has been accomplished in Egypt since 2014 was equivalent to what could be achieved in 20 years. “We spent LE4 trillion on these projects but we need LE40 trillion.”
He said he wanted international reserves in the Central Bank to reach $380 billion, and for the country’s general budget to reach LE20 trillion in order to enhance the economy as well as the people’s livelihood.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 15 October, 2020 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly