FILE – Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi - Reuters
CAIRO – 24 February 2019: Egypt's President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi on Sunday said that some states have been using terrorism to spread chaos among its neighbors, with the aim of taking "place that does not belong to them," threatening the security and peace of the region.
Inaugurating the 1st European Union (EU)-Arab League (AL) summit, in Red Sea's city of Sharm el-Sheikh, Sisi said terrorism has plagued the whole world, either through the flow of extremists across borders, or by using some states as resort, or by getting financed under suspicious organizations, or by using media to recruit new elements.
During his speech, Sisi affirmed that terrorism totally differs from peaceful political opposition, which we all accept as a healthy phenomenon, and a main element of a correct political life.
Egypt has introduced a comprehensive vision to end terrorism and could link it to the European stance respecting human rights, through fighting terrorism, which we agree on and practice on the ground, Sisi continued.
Concerning the Palestinian cause, President Sisi highlighted the continuous deprivation of Palestinian people from their legitimate rights, adding that the international community ignores these rights.
He also referring to the absence of true political desire toward reaching a just and comprehensive settlement to the Palestinian issue.
A comprehensive and just settlement to the Palestinian cause, without undermining the Palestinian people's rights, and in accordance with the international legitimacy determinants, will be beneficial for all regional and international parties, Sisi added.
Not achieving political solutions to crises in Libya, Syria, Yemen and other states experiencing armed insurgence can only be perceived as a dereliction that generations will hold as accountable for, the Egyptian president added.
Thanking the Egyptian president for organizing the summit, Donald Tusk, President of thLe European Council said "We Arab and European leaders … come together in this format, to acknowledge that our cooperation is more important than ever and that we need even a stronger partnership in today's world."
"With neighbors, there are two ways of existence; cooperation or conflict; we choose cooperation," Tusk stated.
He added: "In a time of growing tension and unpredictability, we need to work together, taking into account our shared interests and common challenges to create the common conditions for long-term stability.
Tusk said that young people "have to be at the center of our policies and efforts; only they can fully realize the 2030 agenda, prevent conflict, sustain peace and build a truly inclusive prosperity."
"Let us empower our young women and men to be positive agents of change," Tusk stated.
Speaking about immigration, Dusk said: "let's acknowledge and salute all those here who have shouldered the burden of population displacement, helped refugees and acted early to tackle people's smuggling.
EU Commision President Jean-Claude Juncker affirmed the willingness to open great horizons for cooperation with the Arab people to give new hope to the youth.