CAIRO: Combating terrorism, strengthening efforts to politically solve regional turmoil, and activating bilateral agreements were the key topics in talks between President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and his Tunisian counterpart Beji Caid Essebsi who is on his first trip to Egypt since assuming power in December 2014.
In a joint news conference Sunday, President Sisi praised the outcomes of the 15th meeting of the Egyptian-Tunisian Higher Committee, held in Tunisia in September after five years of suspension; both states signed 16 memoranda of understanding (MoUs) and training courses in fields of trade, industry, health, investment, and others.
Essebsi’s visit followed an invitation from President Sisi convoyed by former Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab in a September meetings.
“The spread of terrorism and extremism are now threatening the national security of our country and the stability of the region,” said President Sisi, calling for consolidating efforts to combat such phenomenon in parallel with “upgrading the religious discourse that highlights the tolerant Islam and the true values.”
Sisi and Essebsi voiced their condemnation of the latest violations by Israeli troops in Jerusalem, adding that such exercises push the region to “instability.”
“We stressed that the Palestinian case will remain key to our foreign policies until the brotherly Palestinian people get the full legitimate rights in accordance with the decisions of International legitimacy and the Arab Peace Initiative; first and foremost, establishing an independent state on the borders of June 1967 and its capital in East Jerusalem.”
The presidents tackled the Syrian issue which should be solved politically, and expressed their hope that Libyan conflicting parts to accept the July 2015 U.N.-brokered peace agreement among them to put an end to the political and security turmoil.
On July 11, United Nations Special Envoy for Libya Bernardino León announced that the conflicting Libyan parties had agreed to a draft final agreement after extensive negotiations held in the Moroccan city of Skhirat.