Egypt’s al-Sisi heads to UN General Assembly

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi arrived in New York on Friday (September 21st) to attend the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly, where Egypt is presenting a full agenda, Egypt’s Ahram Online reported.

The General Assembly, which concludes October 5th, is an annual opportunity for member states to speak their minds to the international community.

This year, Egypt is not just presenting its own agenda, but is also the president of the G-77 group of nations for 2018.

Al-Sisi will give the inaugural address at the G-77 plus China ministerial meeting on September 27th, which will be attended by the UN secretary-general.

He will meet with world leaders to present Egypt’s vision on regional issues and discuss the strengthening of bilateral relations at all levels.

Egypt will present its approach to counter-terrorism, which includes security and military aspects as well as the renewal of religious discourse and promoting the values of citizenship and co-existence.

"We have a long experience of counter-terrorism. Egypt has proposed issues that are a priority for us, and it has succeeded in passing two UN Security Council resolutions on the matter by consensus," said Egypt’s permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador Mohamed Idris.

These are UN Security Council Resolution 2354 (2017), which focuses on implementing the Comprehensive Global Framework for Countering Terrorist Rhetoric, and UN Security Council Resolution 2370 (2017), which focuses on preventing terrorists from acquiring weapons.

Egypt is participating in the 9th Session of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum (GCTF) on September 26th, and was one of the 30 founding states of the GCTF in 2011. It currently chairs one of five working groups focused on building the capability of East African countries in counter-terrorism, Idris said.

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