Egypt’s stance on extremism always "clear": FM spokesperson



Wed, 10 May 2017 - 09:52 GMT


Wed, 10 May 2017 - 09:52 GMT

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid - File photo

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid - File photo

CAIRO – 10 May 2017: Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said Tuesday on CBC Extra News that Egypt's stance on terrorism has always been clear, and is the most consistent on the international level. Thus, Egypt calls for combating extremist ideology through promoting a moderate Islamic ideology.

During a televised interview, Abu Zeid some countries are avoiding involvement in any confrontation battles similar to the battle Egypt is going through. He also pointed out that certain countries provide a safe haven for terrorists, through supporting opposition, or for achieving their political agenda. He confirmed that these countries are well known.

Moreover, Abu Zaid confirmed that the statements made by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi on the security of the Gulf are very powerful; especially that Egypt will always stand in support of the security of the Gulf countries against any threats.

On a different note, regarding the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Abu Zaid said that Egypt is on track, but the challenges remain.

In addition, he discussed the Syrian crisis and explained that Egypt has been involved in the Syrian crisis since its outbreak. Egypt also participated in various international forums on Syria, including the Geneva talks or the former State Support Group for Syria.

Furthermore, Egypt strongly supports the Syrian case through its membership in the Security Council and its role is highly appreciated at the international level. Egypt is keen on resolving the Syrian crisis, attending Astana meetings if requested, and refuses to join any international coalition forces operating in Syria.

Furthermore, Abu Zaid denied the allegations of political rapprochement between Egypt and Hamas. He said that there may be some security communication channels with Hamas associated with the Palestinian reconciliation.

The Foreign Ministry spokesperson further mentioned that Egypt's foreign policy is not driven by reaction. Egypt carefully examines the situation and follows a deeper vision which prioritizes the relations between Arab nations over relations between regimes. Systems change, but people remain.



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