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President El-Sisi makes an Inspection Tour of El-Salloum City

Wednesday، 16 August 2023 - 12:00 AM

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi arrived, on Wednesday 16/8/2023, in El- Salloum city in the Governorate of Mersa Matrouh, northwest of the country on an inspection tour. The tour included Matrouh, Sidi Barrani and El Salloum.

During the tour, the president inspected a joint army-police checkpoint at the Land Border Crossing of El-Salloum with Libya.

Checkpoint personnel expressed preparedness to carry out any task assigned to them, with the highest morale.

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi saluted the people in Matrouh, Sidi Barrani and El-Salloum, who gathered and accorded him warm and joyful popular reception.

People of Matrouh presented a copy of the Quran as a gift to President El-Sisi during his inspection tour.

Matrouh children welcomed the president with songs and expressed joy over his visit to the governorate.

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met with heads of tribes and people of Matrouh, Sidi Barrani and El-Salloum.

El Sisi said that development efforts have covered every and each corner of the nation, from Aswan in the south to El Salloum, northwest, over the past years.

He highlighted that the government has been working hard over the past 8 years to cover the entire nation.

President El-Sisi said the state was able to solve the water problem that Matrouh governorate had been suffering from for 7 years.

He asserted that this problem has been solved, within a framework of a plan to desalinate water and provide it to coastal cities on the Mediterranean.

He further indicated that the state has built desalination plants, said the president, noting that one such plant in Al-Alamein produces 150,000 cubic metres of water for coastal cities.

He stressed: "The state will not miss any opportunity to procure enough water for citizens," adding: "We will work to ensure that the volume of available water will have a [positive] impact on agriculture."

El-Sisi called on citizens to preserve the gains of the mega project in Siwa Oasis aimed at resolving its agricultural wastewater issue as well as in the entirety of the Western Desert.

He noted that Siwa has a good amount of groundwater under it, asserting that the provision of water for agriculture must be addressed with a scientific approach. 

President El-Sisi said: "I am giving you six months to treat the lands that have been harmed and salted and the palm trees that have been destroyed," referring to the adverse effects that befell the region due to neglect.

Furthermore, the president cautioned that the positive impact of the projects that have been established may not be felt overnight.

However, he stressed, there is great potential for growth in the western region, especially with the inauguration of the New Delta project in the coming months.

The government is currently constructing a 174-kilometre-long artificial river in the Western Desert aimed at irrigating the country's New Delta

The president, also, stressed that the government and people are able to overcome the economic challenge, adding that an integrated road network is being implemented across Matrouh governorate.

President El-Sisi said “We have not taken a decision that put the state in trouble,” stressing that the state in Egypt has had no hand in the double crisis that hit the country, namely the Covid -19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war, and their repercussions.

He pointed out that the current circumstances in Egypt have been the result of no irrational measure or decision on the side of the state, noting that over the past 10 years the state has been very keen to avoid any risk that might bring about unfavourable outcome for the Egyptian people.

The president said that the present circumstances are but one of the many challenges facing the Egyptian state. He cited the challenge of terrorism, which the country faced since 2011, as well as the state of instability that came to an end thanks to Egyptians’ efforts and blood.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi asserted that such economic challenge that Egypt has experienced “will be history” as in the case of terrorism.

He also referred to a broad development programme for the people of Sinai Peninsula.

President El-Sisi pointed out that all the development work in Matrouh governorate is only a step in a major development plan, noting that the port of Jarjoub- about 70km west of Matrouh – part of which was opened, will benefit the people in the governorate and provide new job opportunities.

He added that the cities of Alamein and Ras al-Hekma, as well as other projects set up on the North Coast will lead to a broad trade and economic boom, create industrial zones, schools, universities and hospitals. He also mentioned the main road to Matrouh, which will be extended to the borders with Libya.

President El-Sisi also referred to the hard economic circumstances and the soaring prices, saying that the state is working as hard as ever to alleviate the impact through programmes that are being carried out considering “citizens with hard conditions”.

In this respect, President El-Sisi stressed that Egypt faced colossal challenges over the past decades, and was able to overcome them all, citing the 1967 defeat, which the country could get through with the 1973 victory.

President El-Sisi also listened to proposals and demands of the people of Matrouh during his meeting with heads of tribes and people of Matrouh, Sidi Barrani and El-Salloum to discuss national projects.

Among the demands were paying compensation for the people in Matrouh’s Dabaa, whose agricultural activities have been affected as they were relocated amid the implementation of the new urban development plan on the coastal road.

For his part, El-Sisi shed light on proposals to establish housing communities that enjoy services, affirming that he has urged the government to compensate those affected by the national urban plans nationwide.

Moreover, El-Sisi approved a proposal by the people of Matrouh to establish a reconstruction company, like the one in Sinai, to secure job opportunities.

People also called for facilitating government measures related to agricultural land possession and urged developing the Salloum city road.

El-Sisi said the state is working to finalize the road from Dabaa to Matrouh with total length of 140 kilometers. He added that the road from Salloum to Matrouh costs more than LE 15 billion.

El-Sisi pointed out that the road from Matrouh to Salloum extends for 280 kilometers, adding that the state will start the construction work at Matrouh-Salloum road after finishing the Dabaa-Matrouh road.

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