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Presidential Activity June 2019

Tuesday، 02 July 2019 - 05:32 PM

In June 2019, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi inaugurated first African Anti-Corruption Forum (AACF), which aims at providing a platform for African countries to meet on a regular basis to exchange information, experiences and best practices for the purpose of consolidating their national capabilities and institutions in the fight against corruption.

At the external level, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi visited Japan to participate in G20 Summit, the President's participation comes at an invitation from Japanese Prime Minister Shenzo Abe, whose country is the current President of the summit, while President Sisi focused on a set of issues of concern to the developing nations in general and Africa in particular in view of Egypt's presidency of the African Union.

Also, the President embarked on European tour that includes Belarus and Romania.

Field Tours

June 2: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi attended a ceremony organized by the Awqaf Ministry at Al Azhar conference center to mark Laylat al Qadr (the night when the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad) of the Hijri year 1440. Winners at the 26th international Quran contest were also honored during the ceremony.

June 5: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi arrived at Al Manara International Conferences Center in Cairo's Fifth Settlement suburb to celebrate Eidul Fitr with the children of army and police martyrs. This is the second consecutive year that Sisi celebrates Eid with the children of martyrs.

June 15: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi visited the national football team while its players were training at the Air Defense Stadium ahead of the 2019 AFCON. Sisi met players who will perform at the AFCON - set to be hosted by Egypt later this month - and expressed best wishes for them. The President voiced trust in the abilities of the national team, saying the players are fully conscious of the responsibility they are carrying.

President's meetings with officials

June 10: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi directed the authorities concerned to provide all the organizational, administrative and logistical means to ensure the success of the African Cup of Nations, which Egypt will host from June 21 to July 19. The President gave his directive during a meeting with Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli, Presidential aide for national and strategic projects Sherif Ismail, Minister of Defense and Military Production Mohamed Zaki, Minister of Interior Mahmoud Tawfiq and Minster of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhi.

June 16: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi ordered stepping up efforts aimed to activate action plans of a fund to honor victims of terrorist attacks. The President made the remarks during a meeting with Director of the Association of Veterans and War Victims el Sayed el Ghali. Sisi further urged high-level coordination among the state bodies to boost the fund's activities and provide all possible support for the families of the victims of terrorist attacks, as well as the injured.

June 16: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi inspected development work at the Cairo International Stadium, to follow up final preparations for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), to be hosted by Egypt between June 21 and July 19. The tour aimed to check all arrangements related to the stadium, which will host the opening and closing ceremonies and a number of matches of the tournament.

June 23: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has ordered the Grand Egyptian Museum project to be finalized on time in a manner that reflects the rich heritage of Egyptian civilization. The President gave the directives during a meeting with Antiquities Minister Khaled el Anani, Tourism Minister Rania el Mashat and Vice Chairman of the Armed Forces Engineering Authority Atef Moftah. The principles of governance should be adopted in order to ensure a better implementation and management of the museum, the President said.

First African Anti-Corruption Forum

June 12: The first African Anti-Corruption Forum (AACF) held upon an initiative launched by President Sisi in January 2018 during his participation in the 30th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Summit that was held in Addis Ababa under the theme: "Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa's Transformation." Addressing the first African Anti-Corruption Forum, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi called for rallying all African efforts to fight corruption that is depleting countries' economies.

AFCON 2019 opening

June 21: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has officially opened the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON). The President welcomed the African football fans visiting Egypt to attend the games.

In statements following the opener, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said Egypt is keen on organizing a successful edition of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON). The President called on the players to do their best, urging the fans to widely attend the tournament's games.

Official Visits to Egypt  

June 8: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received his Eritrean counterpart Isaias Afwerki at the Ittihadiya Palace in Cairo. President Sisi stressed the importance of setting forth well-defined plans to push forward Egyptian-Eritrean cooperation at various levels. Sisi also underscored the need to overcome any obstacles to mutual cooperation, especially in infrastructure, energy, healthcare, trade, investment and agricultural sectors.

June 22: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received President of the Republic of Mozambique Filipe Jacinto Nyusa at Al-Ittihadiya Palace. During a press conference with his Mozambican counterpart Filipe Nyusi following their talks at the presidential palace, President Sisi stressed Egypt's full support for efforts aimed to promote African economic integration. He also underlined the state's keenness to reach a peaceful solution to conflicts in Africa during Egypt's current presidency of the African Union (AU). He further asserted Egypt's support of the post-cyclone reconstruction efforts in the affected areas.

June 25: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo. During their talks, President Sisi said Egypt is keen throughout its chairmanship of the African Union on reaching Africa's strategic targets in the fields of peace, security and stability, ending conflicts and reaching economic and social development, economic integration and regional inclusion as well as activating the continental free trade zone and the African Union's financial and institutional reform. President Sisi praised the profound historical ties between Egypt and Ghana at the political, economic, security and cultural levels.

President's meetings with foreign officials

June 11: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Commander of the US Central Command (CENTCOM) Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie and stressed the importance of Egyptian-US strategic relations, especially at the military level. The President pointed out that military cooperation is very important to counter contemporary security threats in the whole region.

June 11: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Chairman of the World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder and underlined the depth of strategic relations with the US. President Sisi said that these relations are very important in light of the current critical situation in the Middle East that directly affects the security and stability of the world.

June 14: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives Aguila Saleh at the Heliopolis-based Al Ittihadia palace, in the presence of Egyptian Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal and Abbas Kamel, chief of Egyptian General Intelligence Service. President Sisi has expressed Egypt’s willingness to provide all required support to help Libyans settle the crisis of their country. Sisi reiterated that Cairo’s stance is based on its principles of cooperation and development to serve the interests of peoples with respect of neighboring countries.

June 24: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Guinea-Bissau presidential advisers Mamadou Sano and Herson Vaz. During the meeting, President Sisi said Egypt looks forward to boosting joint cooperation with Guinea-Bissau at all levels and increasing trade exchange between the two countries. The President added that Cairo is keen on the development of capacity-building and qualification of human cadres in Guinea-Bissau, which in turn could help the African country consolidate institutions' role and countering regional security challenges, notably the cross-border threats and terrorism.

June 24: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received President of the Serbian National Assembly Maya Goykovich in the presence of House of Representatives Speaker Adel Abdel Aal. President Sisi expressed Egypt's eagerness to boost mechanisms of cooperation with Serbia at various levels in light of Egypt's underway mega national development projects combined with the success of its economic reform program that reflected on all its macroeconomic indicators. The President hailed the historical relations between Egypt and Serbia that mark their 111th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations.

June 25: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received South Sudan Presidential Envoy Tut Galwak, attended by head of the General Intelligence Directorate Abbas Kamel along with South Sudan's Minister of Presidential Affairs Mike Ding and Minister of Energy Dhieu Mathok. President Sisi stressed Egypt's keenness on providing constant support to South Sudan and back its peace process, promising commitment to shoring up efforts exerted at the regional and international levels to help the African country restore stability and security and improve economic conditions for its people.

June 25: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos. President Sisi asserted Egypt's commitment to boosting cooperation with the European Union (EU) at various levels, especially for countering illegal migration. He also underscored Egypt's keenness to adopt a holistic approach to solving this problem, one that does not just focus on providing short-term security solutions but addresses the phenomenon's root causes.

President's Foreign Visits

President Sisi Visit to Belarus and Romania

June 17: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi embarked on European tour that includes Belarus and Romania. Sisi have talks with Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko on means of boosting bilateral ties. He also meet the speakers of the Belarus House of Representatives and the National Assembly. The two sides exchange views on a host of political issues at regional and international levels, topped by fighting terrorism and extremist ideology.

After Belarus, the President headed to Romania, where he held a session of talks with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis. The President also held talks with the heads of Romania's House of Representatives and the Senate on strengthening political and economic cooperation. The two sides also review promoting cooperation and coordination between Cairo and Bucharest at the regional and international levels. President Sisi give a lecture at Bucharest University of Economic Studies on relations between Cairo and Bucharest, as well as efforts exerted to develop the higher education system and scientific research in Egypt.

Egypt's participation in G20 Summit in Japan (June 28 –29)

June 27: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi's participation in the meeting of the 20 major economies comes at an invitation from Japanese Prime Minister Shenzo Abe, whose country is the current President of the summit. His participation also comes in view of the close and growing relations between Egypt and Japan along with Egypt's weight in the international and regional arenas.

June 28: President Sisi took part in the inauguration of the 14th G-20 summit. The summit started with a working session on trade and investments in the world economy. The participants discussed challenges and their impact on efforts for achieving sustainable development in the world countries.

President Sisi called for enhancing cooperation between China and the African countries. He added at an African-Chinese summit, that was held here ahead of the G-20 summit, that this cooperation should be achieved through holding partnerships and financing infrastructure projects in Africa. He also underscored the necessity of increasing inter-trade movement between the African countries and improving the African economic conditions.

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi held talks with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and praised the distinguished relations between Egypt and Italy which have realized positive progress recently.

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi held talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and lauded the significant development and great leap in bilateral relations between Egypt and Germany in all fields.

June 29: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. During the meeting, Sisi said Egypt is looking forward to strengthening Egyptian-Russian relations at all levels, praising the key joint projects carried out in Egypt, including the Dabaa nuclear power plant and the underway Russian industrial zone at the Suez Canal Axis.

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi participated in a session held on the empowerment of women and another on inequality as part of the G-20 summit in the Japanese city of Osaka. Delivering a speech at the session held on inequality, President Sisi highlighted the major pivots through which Egypt is working to address the issues of inequality and the empowerment of women.

At a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman on the sidelines of the G-20 summit, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi confirmed his keenness on coordinating with Saudi Arabia regarding the recent developments in the Middle East.

At a meeting with UN chief Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the G-20 summit, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi confirmed that Egypt is supporting United Nations efforts for preserving international peace and security.

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi held talks with Argentine President Mauricio Macri on the fringe of the G20 Summit in which they are both taking part.

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