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President El-Sisi Participates in the 33rd Arab League Summit in Bahrain

Wednesday، 15 May 2024 - 12:00 AM

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi arrived, on Wednesday, 15 May 2024, to Manama, the capital of Bahrain, to participate in the 33rd session of the Arab League Council at the summit level.

President El Sisi's participation in the summit emphasizes Egypt's commitment to coordinating with Arab brothers and unifying positions. 

This comes in light of the critical phase the Arab region is experiencing and the significant challenges it faces on various levels. 

The summit will thoroughly discuss the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip and efforts to resolve the current crisis to stop the bloodshed of Palestinian brothers and protect the strip from the humanitarian catastrophe it is facing. 

This situation has worsened with the ongoing Israeli military operation in the Palestinian city of Rafah, necessitating a clear stance from the international community against this move.

The summit will also address the situations in several Arab countries and how to restore stability in the region amidst major crises; especially with the rapid changes on international and regional levels.

Additionally, there will be a focus on monitoring Arab joint efforts to support the development trajectory for the benefit of all Arab peoples. 

President El Sisi is scheduled to hold several bilateral meetings with his Arab counterparts on the sidelines of the summit to discuss ways to enhance cooperation and mechanisms for joint coordination.

Activities

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi arrived, on Thursday, 16 May 2024, at Al-Sakhir Palace, where the 33rd session of the Arab Summit will convene in Bahraini capital Manama. 

Upon arrival at the venue of the summit, President El-Sisi was received by His Majesty, the King of Bahrain, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

Children in the Kingdom of Bahrain received with flowers Arab heads of state, kings, leaders and officials who are participating in the 33rd session of the Arab League Council at the level of the summit in the Bahraini capital Manama. 

Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, Saudi Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Jordanian King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Arab leaders and officials posed for a photo op before the launch of the summit.

The summit proceeded with recitation of verses of the holy Quran.

President El-Sisi’s Speech at the 33rd Arab Summit in Bahrain

President Sisi said in his speech at the 33rd session of the Arab League Council at the level of the summit in the Bahraini capital Manama Thursday that "Our summit convenes today as our region grapples with acute historical circumstances. Amidst pressing challenges and complex crises that many countries in our region are facing and the atrocious Israeli war against the brotherly Palestinian people, this defining moment inevitably requires that all relevant parties make a decisive choice between two paths: the path of peace, stability and hope or the one of chaos and destruction, which is fueled by the persistent military escalation in the Gaza Strip."

He added the rights of tens of thousands of children of Palestine, who were brutally killed or orphaned in Gaza, stand as a perpetual sword that will forever pierce the conscience of humanity, until justice is delivered through the relevant mechanisms of international law.

The president explained this war will resonate in history for ages to come as a testament to a devastating human tragedy, marked by outrageous killing and heinous vindictiveness: the brutal siege of an entire people who have been subjected to massive starvation, scenes of unspeakable horror and compulsory displacement of their children. They are facing vicious endeavors to forcibly displace them, ravage and plunder their lands, amid a deplorable incapacity of our international community, its leading actors and UN institutions.

President Sisi said that "as Egypt is heavily engaged with the brothers and friends in tireless pursuit and unyielding determination to save our region from falling into a deep abyss, we face the absence of a genuine international political will to end the occupation and address the root-causes of the conflict through the two-state solution.

Meanwhile, Israel continues to engage in evasive actions to shirk its responsibilities and in devious maneuvering around efforts to achieve a ceasefire, he went on to say. 

Furthermore, it is defiantly adamant about its widely condemned military operation in Rafah, and seeks to leverage the Rafah crossing, from the Palestinian side, to solidify its siege on the Gaza Strip, the president added. 

"Once again, I definitively state that Egypt is unequivocally committed to its steadfast position, both in words and actions, in rejecting the liquidation of the Palestinian cause, the forced displacement or compulsory migration of the Palestinians, as well as the creation of conditions rendering Gaza uninhabitable, with the aim of evacuating the land of Palestine from its people."

The president said " I reiterate that those who believe that security and military solutions guarantee their interests or peace are deluded; similarly, those who think that brinkmanship yields benefits or gains are demonstrably mistaken."

President Sisi further explained that the fate of the region and its peoples’ resources are far too significant to be entrusted to warmongers or advocates of zero-sum games.

He pointed out Egypt has illuminated the torch of peace in the region in times of immense darkness, enduring high costs and bearing heavy burdens. 

Today, despite the current gloomy picture, Egypt still clings to the hope that the voices of reason, justice and truth will ultimately prevail, saving the region from endless waves of wars and bloodshed, he noted. 

Therefore, speaking from this platform before the leaders and heads of state of the Arab countries, I extend a genuine call to the international community and all active and concerned actors, and tell them: "The faith of all the peoples of the world in the justice of the international order is facing an unprecedented calamity, with potentially devastating repercussions for global peace, security and stability. Justice is indivisible; and the lives of the Palestinian people are as precious as those of any other."

The president said that this perilous situation leaves us with no choice but to join hands to save the future, before it is too late. 

"Let us bring an immediate end to this outrageous war against the Palestinians, who deserve to regain their legitimate rights in the establishment of their independent state, along the June 4, 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital," he said. 

President El-Sisi said all future generations of Palestinians and Israelis deserve to live in a region where justice thrives, peace prevails and security reigns; "they are entitled to live in a region where the hopes of the future sublimate the pain of the past."

Bilateral Meetings on the Sidelines of the Summit


President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with President of, Ismail Omar Guelleh, on the sidelines of the 33rd Arab Summit in Bahrain. 

Spokesman for the Presidency, Counselor Dr. Ahmed Fahmy, said the two Presidents affirmed the depth of the Egyptian-Djiboutian relations. They stressed their keenness on enhancing cooperation in various fields and on promoting them toward broader prospects, reflecting the two countries’ common interests, notably at the economic, commercial, and investment levels.

The meeting addressed the situation in the region. President El-Sisi and President Guelleh emphasized the need to safeguard security and stability in the Horn of Africa region, confirming their keenness on holding constant consultations. President El-Sisi reiterated Djibouti's significant role in the region, lauding its efforts to achieve peace and stability in the Horn of Africa.

The talks also touched on the situation in the Red Sea region.  President El-Sisi underscored Egypt's firm stance on the need to end the Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip, considering it the main cause for the expansion of instability in the region. Within this context, both sides emphasized the critical need to restore calm in Bab el-Mandeb Strait, stressing the importance of coordinating efforts among Red Sea riparian states and of enhancing their joint cooperation, as the main stakeholders in the stability of this region.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with Chairman of the Yemeni Presidential Leadership Council, Dr. Rashad Al-Alimi, on the sidelines of the 33rd Arab Summit in Bahrain.

Spokesman for the Presidency, Counselor Dr. Ahmed Fahmy, stated that President El-Sisi reiterated Egypt's commitment to the unity and stability of Yemen, while supporting all regional and international efforts aimed at resolving the Yemeni crisis politically. The President reaffirmed Egypt's steadfast support for legitimacy, represented by the Presidential Leadership Council and the legitimate Yemeni government.

For his part, the Chairman of the Presidential Leadership Council, who commended Egypt's support for his country at the political and humanitarian levels.

During the meeting, President El-Sisi and Dr. Al-Alimi were keen on consulting over the current developments in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden regions. They emphasized the necessity to strengthen efforts to resolve the Gaza crisis and subsequently reduce the current tensions, which would reflect on the situation in the Red Sea. The two sides also underscored the importance of enhancing cooperation among Red Sea riparian states, given their pivotal interest in the stability of the region and maritime security in this strategic passage.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, on the sidelines of the 33rd Arab League Summit in Bahrain.

Spokesman for the Presidency, Counselor Dr. Ahmed Fahmy, said President El-Sisi emphasized Egypt's support for the Palestinian leadership in the face of the pressures exerted upon it. The President expressed Egypt's appreciation for the Palestinian Authority’s efforts to push the international community to assume its responsibilities in confronting the Israeli aggression in Gaza.

President El-Sisi reiterated Egypt’s rejection of the Israeli war in Gaza, which has been further exacerbated by the military operations in the Palestinian city of Rafah. The President highlighted Egypt's intensive efforts to mobilize a serious and firm international stance against the Israeli hostilities. President El-Sisi also reviewed Egypt’s endeavors to end the war, prevent the aggravation of the humanitarian conditions in the sector, and deliver sufficient quantities of aid to save the people of the sector. President El-Sisi also affirmed Egypt's steadfast position regarding the need to reach a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian issue, by expanding the recognition of an independent Palestinian state along the June 4, 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital. He emphasized that a just settlement of the Palestinian issue is the main guarantor for stability and security of the region.

Palestinian President Abbas lauded Egypt's unwavering support for the Palestinian cause and its earnest efforts to stop the Palestinian bloodshed. He confirmed his keenness on holding continuous consultations and coordination with President El-Sisi to restore peace and security in the Palestinian territories and ensure the Palestinian people regain their legitimate rights.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with President of Iraq, Abdul Latif Rashid, on the sidelines of the 33rd Arab Summit in Bahrain.

Spokesman for the Presidency, Counselor Dr. Ahmed Fahmy, said President El-Sisi and Iraq’s President expressed contentment at the level of the two countries’ relations. They lauded the recent progress in their cooperation at the bilateral level, as well as the trilateral level with Jordan, confirming that this momentum contributes to connecting the two countries’ interests and to boosting their joint benefits. President El-Sisi and President Rashid looked forward to strengthening economic cooperation, in light of the economic crises in the region. President El-Sisi underscored Egypt’s support for the stability of Iraq and for safeguarding its unity and territorial integrity, commending its counter-terrorism efforts.

The two Presidents stressed the importance of joint coordination to reinforce stability in the Middle East and enhance regional cohesion amidst the current turmoil. The meeting also discussed Egypt’s efforts to reach calm in Gaza and provide access for humanitarian aid. President El-Sisi and Iraq’s President warned against the negative repercussions of the ongoing Israeli hostilities in the Gaza Strip and its military operations in the Palestinian city of Rafah.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, His Majesty King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein.

Spokesman for the Presidency, Counselor Dr. Ahmed Fahmy, said the meeting tackled ways to foster closer cooperation between the two countries, in line with their peoples’ aspirations for stability and development.

President El-Sisi and His Majesty King Abdullah II focused on the current situation in the Gaza Strip and the catastrophic conditions endured by the Palestinians in the sector as a result of the persistent Israeli aggression for over seven months, which were further aggravated by the Israeli military hostilities in the Palestinian city of Rafah. President El-Sisi and His Majesty King Abdullah II underscored the fundamentals of their two countries, namely demanding an immediate and lasting ceasefire, providing urgent and full access for humanitarian aid and relief into Gaza, and categorically rejecting the forced displacement of the Palestinians and the liquidation of the Palestinian cause. They also reiterated the need for the international community to assume its responsibilities toward the recognition of a Palestinian State, along the June 4, 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital, which will contribute to reinforcing the two-state solution and to restoring the Palestinian right.

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