Sisi talks counter-terrorism, situation in S. Sudan in AU Summit
Sisi speaks in the AU Peace and Seceuirty Council in Addis Ababa on Friday Jan. 29, 2015- photo from Egyptian Presidencial Office

CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi asserted on Friday the importance to consolidate international efforts to fight global terrorism.

Sisi made the comments during his speech at the Peace and Security Council meetings on the sideline of the 26th African Union Summit, currently held in Addis Ababa, said Presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef in a statement.

Sisi stated that international fighting against global terrorism is “a necessity “in order to stop threats posed by militants who aim to incite chaos by creating “an adequate environment,” Youssef added.

The President highlighted the necessity to support the countries fighting terrorism to prevent the dangerous repercussions of potential “collapse” of those countries that could be reflected on the region’s stability.

SIsi also warned against threats of exploiting modern technology and social media by “extremists to disseminate their radical ideologies.” He stressed the importance of renewing the religious discourse to stop militants’ recruitment to youth, the Spokesperson continued.

Concerning the situation in South Sudan, Sisi asserted Egypt’s support to the stability in South Sudan, praising the agreement signed among its conflicting parts. In December 2013 violent clashes broke out between the government and the armed opposition in Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, led by former vice-president Riek Machar, but the both sides put an end to the violence by signing a compromise in August 2015.

On the sidelines of the meetings, Sisi met with a number of world leaders and presidents, and discussed relations and efforts to resolve ongoing conflicts in the African continent.

Egypt won Thursday a three-year-old membership in AU Peace and Security Council for North Africa seat. The Council is the AU’s decision-making body and consists of 15 members.

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