Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal on Monday participates in the meeting of the High-Level Advisory Group on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism - Press photo
CAIRO – 14 October 2019: Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal on Monday participated in the meeting of the High-Level Advisory Group on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, and explained Egypt's vision in this regard.
The meeting comes within the framework of the meetings of the 141th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and related meetings currently being held in the Serbian capital of Belgrade.
During the meeting, Abdel Aal reviewed the outcome of the first regional conference of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the United Nations for the Middle East and North Africa, held in Luxor last February. The conference aimed at "exploring how parliaments can contribute to counter-terrorism efforts, and building a foundation for future activities in the region in this domain," according to the UN.
In his speech, Abdel Aal noted that the Luxor conference has yielded many results, the foremost of which was the realization of an important fact that extremism needs a comprehensive treatment, based on tackling the ideological roots of takfiri thought causing terrorism.
Abdel Aal also affirmed the link between the spread of extremist ideology and the commission of actual terrorist acts.
He stressed that Egypt had realized this fact since it had started its fight against terrorism, adding that Egypt defends not only its security and that of the Middle East, but also the security of Europe and the whole world.
Established in 2017, the High-Level Advisory Group on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism consists of parliament members who can help push the counter-terrorism joint program through having relevant experience.
"The Joint Programme will support work at the national, regional and international levels. It aims to facilitate the transposition of international resolutions and decisions into domestic legislation and promote regional parliamentary cooperation," according to the IPU.