21 October 2019 01:06 AM

Egyptian participation in the 74th UNGA session

Sunday، 22 September 2019 - 04:52 PM

The 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74) opens on 17 September 2019. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be on Tuesday, 24 September 2019. This year’s theme focuses on strengthening multilateral efforts to address climate action, poverty, sustainable development, and more.

Egyptian Participation

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry headed on Thursday September 19, 2019 to  New York to prepare for the participation of President Abdel Fatah El Sisi in the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) high level meetings.

The first day of the high-level General Debate will be September 24. President Sisi will be among the first heads of state to address the session.

The Egyptian participation in the UNGA session will reflect the country's important role in the UN bodies along with its regional role in all relevant issues.

President Sisi has participated in the UN General Assembly meetings five times before since 2014 until 2018, as this round will mark his sixth participation.

President Sisi is scheduled to deliver a speech on Egypt’s vision and position on a number of regional and international developments at the UN General Assembly this week, with the focus drawn to international peace, security maintenance, international terrorism and combating extremism

The president will also address a number of African issues during his speech in light of Egypt’s chairmanship of the African Union.

El Sisi will also participate in a number of high-level forums which address the current challenges facing the international community.

President Sisi is scheduled to hold a number of meetings with world leaders on the sidelines of the 74th session, where he will discuss and exchange viewpoints on boosting bilateral ties with Egypt in various fields.

The meetings with the leaders will also see an assessment over regional and international developments of common interest.

President Sisi will sit for meetings with representatives of major US corporations and economic and investment institutions which eye increasing their businesses and investments in Egypt.

UNGA Agenda

23 September

Climate Action Summit

High-level meeting on universal health coverage

24–25 September

Sustainable Development Goals Summit

26 September

High-level dialogue on Financing for Development

High-level meeting to commemorate and promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

27 September

High-level midterm review of the SAMOA Pathway

Saturday 21/9/2019

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has arrived in New York, where he is set to give a speech during the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, as the chairman of the African Union this year.

Sunday 22/9/2019

Sisi has held, since then, high-level meetings, on the sidelines of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 47), with a number of presidents and leaders, including a tripartite meeting with Jordanian King Abdullah II and Iraqi President Barham Salih, where they discussed the Palestinian cause.

Tripartite summit

Sisi, King of Jordan Abdullah and the Iraqi President Barham Salih had a tripartite summit, on the sidelines of the UNGA meetings in New York.

The three leaders mulled the tripartite cooperation that was launched on March 24, by evaluating the regional meetings during the past six months. The three leaders discussed means to boost strategic, economic and political cooperation between their nations.

They prioritized the cooperation in investment, trade, housing and infrastructure projects.

The meeting has also discussed the latest challenges in the region and means to face them.

The three leaders asserted their full support for the Palestinian cause as a central cause in the Arab world, adding the Palestinian people must have all their legitimate rights that include an independent state and its capital is Jerusalem city in the light of the Arabian initiative and the international agreements.

The leaders said that a resolution is the only way to realize the peace that might be curbed by actions such as building new Israeli settlements as per a unilateral decision.

The meeting urged all the regional powers to take advantage of the latest defeat suffered by the terrorist groups in the region by facing the states and entities that fund and support terrorists in the region.

The leaders expressed their full support for the Iraqi efforts to rebuild the state and help the displaced citizens from the lands that were once captured by the defeated terrorist group of ISIS.

The leaders called for a political solution for the current regional crises in Syria, Libya, and Yemen as per the Security Council’s decisions to preserve the unity of the Arab lands and the regional National Security.

The leaders were keen to condemn the latest drone attack on oil facilities owned by the Saudi giant energy firm Aramco, asserting the importance of the Arab Gulf security as an essential component of the region’s security.

American Chamber of Commerce

Sisi said that the successful implementation of Egypt’s economic reform program and its unprecedented positive results were due to “great Egyptians’ strong determination and will, not only as a result of the political will or the efficiency of the program itself.”

Sisi’s remarks came during his participation in a banquet hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in his honor in New York, with the presence of the First Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce, the Chairman of the American-Egyptian Business Council, and a large number of leaders from major American companies.

He further stressed Egypt will continue in its comprehensive reform path, aiming to achieve sustainable development, and improve Egyptians’ living standards, adding that reform program implemented in cooperation with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been prepared in accordance with Egyptian national requirements.

In an open discussion with U.S. companies’ leaders, Sisi praised strategic relations between Egypt and United States, and both countries concern to enhance those relations.

President Sisi expressed appreciation for the role played by the American Chamber of Commerce and the American-Egyptian Business Council in supporting economic and trade relations between both Egypt and America.

In this context, President Sisi expressed Egypt’s aspiration to increase the contribution of American companies in the development process in the country, and to participate in the undergoing Egyptian mega projects to benefit from the great opportunities offered by the Egyptian economy.

Spokesman Rady added that “U.S. companies’ leaders lauded the development boom that took place Egypt, appreciating the role played with President Sisi to promote stability in the country, which is a focal point for the stability of the entire Middle East region.”

Monday 23/9/2019

Palestinians' rights support

Sisi met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Sisi has affirmed Egypt's keenness on the restoration of the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and the establishment of their independent state, in accordance with the international accords.Abbas also praised the Egyptian efforts to achieve reconciliation between Palestinian factions, affirming willingness to continue coordination and with Egypt on various issues of mutual concern.

President Sisi met with President of Sierra Leone Julius Maada Bio.

Hailing robust relations between both countries, Sisi emphasized Egypt's willingness to bolster cooperation ties at all levels, Rady said in a statement following the meeting.

Sisi also welcomed the participation of more Sierra Leone cadres in the capacity-building programs supervised by the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development (EAPD) in various domains.

For his side, Bio said that he is looking forward to furthering cooperation at all levels, especially at the economic, military and security levels.

- President Abdel Fattah El Sisi attended in New York City a dinner hosted by the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU), a nonpartisan, U.S.-based organization that works to expand international trade and commerce by helping its almost 200 member companies, including many Fortune 500 firms, to engage internationally and by facilitating mutually beneficial relationships between business and government leaders worldwide.

- President Abdel Fattah El Sisi  had a meeting in New York with US President Donald Trump. Trump said his administration seeks to boost cooperation, coordination and strategic consultation with Cairo in the coming period in light of Egypt's pivotal role in the Middle East. Sisi asserted that Egypt is keen to promote and cement the partnership relations with Washington, pointing to the importance of this partnership in boosting peace and stability in the region.

Tuesday 24/9/2019

- The 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) kicked off in New York with the participation of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi who is set to deliver Egypt's speech later.

- President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met with Hungarian President János Áder. The meeting was held on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.  

- On the sidelines of the 74th UN General Assembly meetings, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met with French President Emmanuel Macron. President Sisi hailed the strength of the Egyptian-French relations.

Macron, for his part, said that relations with Egypt are strong, pointing out to the cultural ties binding the Egyptian and French peoples.

- President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez. The meeting was held on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) annual meetings in New York.

- Addressing the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said that Egypt has a pioneering experience in the societal development and economic reforms, besides countering terrorism, highlighting a role played by Egypt at the UN, the Arab League and the African Union, calling on regional and international institutions to support development in Africa. “Egypt’s right to the Nile River is a matter of life and existence,” he said.

- President Abdel Fattah El sisi met with Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan at the UN headquarters in New York. The meeting was held on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly meetings.

- President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez agreed on boosting bilateral cooperation in different fields, notably the fight against terrorism and extremism. The two leaders met on the fringe of the 74th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York.

- President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar at the UN headquarters in New York. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the 74th session of of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74).

- President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the UN headquarters in New York.

- During a meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun on the sidelines of the 74th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi lauded strong relations binding between Egypt and Lebanon at both the official and popular levels.

- President Abdel Fattah El Sisi held trilateral summit talks with his counterparts Ismaïl Omar Guelleh of Djibouti and Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya in New York City on the sidelines of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly. The summit meeting, which came at the behest of both countries in the light of Egypt’s current chairmanship of the African Union and the special relationship that it enjoys with them, aimed at addressing a number of regional issues of concern to Djibouti and Kenya.

According to him, president Sisi asserted at the meeting the importance of narrowing any differences and reaching a unanimity of views between Djibouti and Kenya, praising the wisdom of their leaders and underlining keenness on consolidating African unity.

- President Abdel Fattah El Sisi held trilateral summit talks with his counterparts President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed of Somalia and Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya in New York City on the sidelines of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly. The summit meeting, which came at the behest of both countries in the light of Egypt’s current chairmanship of the African Union and the special relationship that it enjoys with them, aimed at addressing a number of prickly issues between Somalia and Kenya to make sure that they would not affect the brotherly and good neighborly relations between their peoples. Sisi began the meeting by highlighting the brotherly relationship which Egypt has with the two nations with whom it shares strong historical bonds and important joint interests and urging them both to iron out their differences and preserve their fraternal and cordial relationship.

Wednesday 25/9/2019

- President Abdel Fattah El Sisi will take part in the sustainable development summit at the UN headquarters in New York. Sisi will deliver Egypt's vision on how to achieve sustainable development goals at the international level.

 

 

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