Riyadh- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi told the Arab-Islamic-US summit in Riyadh on Sunday that there are four elements to deal with terrorism – facing terrorist groups without prejudice, confronting all dimensions of the terrorism phenomenon, eradicating terrorist groups’ ability to recruit new fighters and settling the Palestinian cause based on a fair, final and comprehensive solution.
He commenced his speech with conveying the salutation of Egyptian Muslims and Copts. Sisi said that the summit has a symbolic value and the decisiveness amongst everyone reflects the wish to renew partnership between Arab and Islamic states, and the US.
In this context, the president talked about Egypt’s battle with terrorist groups in North Sinai and the attempt to obliterate terrorism with the least human losses.
He pledged to defeat terrorist groups and to partner and lend a helping hand to all allies in the battle against all these organizations everywhere.
Sisi wondered about the safe havens for training fighters of terrorist groups. “Who is buying from them natural resources that fall under their control such as oil?” he further asked. “Where do they get their funds from?”
He hinted that some countries are involved in financing terrorist organizations and providing them with safe havens. He said some countries refuse to share information they have about terrorist activity even with the Interpol.
Sisi praised US President Donald Trump’s vision and decisive policies in facing terrorism. “I have no doubt that the US contribution will bring about the qualitative change needed in the fight against terrorism,” he said.
He also asked the summit for a timeframe for presenting a comprehensive strategy to eradicate terrorism.