CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi assured in a presidential statement that “Egypt respects media’s role and allow it to work without any restrictions,” noting that he has never wanted any journalist to be referred to trial for any reason.
During his meeting with editors in chief of newspapers from the Nile Basin and southern African countries Thursday, Sisi said that there is about 1,500 foreign journalists working in Egypt freely, and that when he came to power, the case of Al-Jazeera staff was already referred to the court. However, he said that he “would have preferred deporting the journalists to referring them to trials.”
A presidential statement assured that Sisi has tackled different topics with the African delegation including, Egypt’s reaction towards the beheading of the 21 Egyptian kidnapped in Libya.
“The Egyptian air strikes only targeted the terrorist bases. We never wanted to invade any country despite our army’s power. We only were defending our own interests, eliminating the national security threats.” Egyptian presidential spokesman Alaa Youssef quoted Sisi as saying during the meeting.
Sisi also assured that there are a lot of chances to enhance the connections and the relations between Egypt and the African countries, especially in fields of electricity, investment and trade, adding that the relations cannot be limited to the Nile River.