CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met with top security agencies Thursday to be briefed on the security situation nationwide ahead of the three-day Egypt Economic Development Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh in South Sinai this weekend, according to a presidential statement.
The meeting was attended by Minister of Defense Sedki Sobhi, Minister of Interior Magdy Abdel-Ghafar, Military Chief of Staff Mahmoud Hegazy, and General Intelligence Service head Khaled Fawzy, the statement added, noting that the attendants discussed their security plans.
“President Sisi requested all security bodies to be on alert for citizens’ security and state’s stability amid the highest vigilance to confront the current security challenges and schemes aimed at destabilizing the country,” the statement continued.
A number of explosions took place in different governorates overnight and during the early hours of Thursday.
The Ministry of Interior, armed forces, and presidential guard forces will be in charge of securing the conference where more than 80 countries will be represented.
Heavy armored vehicles and forces have been deployed in the highways and main entrances and exits of the resort town to secure the conference, Youm7 reported March 3. The presidential guard forces are in charge of the conference venues.
The South Sinai governor Khaled Fouda announced that the city of Sharm el-Sheikh would be completely closed for the reception of the participants.