President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi during Riyadh summit
CAIRO - 21 May 2017: Egyptian President said Sunday that the fight against terrorism must address all dimensions of this phenomenon, including funding, arming, as well as political and ideological support, during his speech at the opening session of the Riyadh summit.
“The terrorist is not only that who carries the weapon,” Sisi added.
“Where are the safe havens that are offered for terrorist organizations to train their fighters, treat their wounded, and make changes and replacements of their equipment?” Sisi wondered, addressing the world leaders and delegates. He stressed that whoever participates in trade exchange with the terrorist organizations, funds them or collaborates with them is a partner in terrorism.
Sisi further stated that Egypt has presented a successful model to the world, by preserving and rebuilding its institutions. He recalled an Egyptian initiative to renew religious dialogue, affirming that it goes hand in hand with Egypt’s operational confrontations to eradicate terrorist organizations.
Egyptian president also stressed the necessity to terminate terrorist groups’ ability to recruit new fighters. “The fight against terrorism is primarily an intellectual fight,” Sisi said.
He affirmed the rejection of any interference in the affairs of Arab states and added that the threat of terrorism cannot be eliminated until the Palestinian issue is resolved.
“It is inevitable to admit that the prerequisite condition for terrorist organizations to grow is the disintegration and instability of national state institutions in our Arab region,” Sisi stated.