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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks during a meeting with US Defense Secretary James Mattis at the Pentagon in Arlington, VA, U.S. April 5, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Cairo- Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Friday that “the June 30 Revolution” foiled the plans of foreign forces that sought to produce chaos in the region by financing and sponsoring terrorism.

In a televised speech delivered on the fourth anniversary of the mass protests that ended the Muslim Brotherhood rule in Egypt, Sisi said the June 30 Revolution marked the restoration of Egypt’s active regional role.

Sisi said the revolution had to confront foreign forces that support terrorism and extremist groups.

On 30 June 2013, millions of Egyptians took to the streets to protest the rule of former president Mohamed Morsi, who had been elected one year earlier and was backed by the Muslim Brotherhood.

“Four years later, Egypt’s voice is heard and its vision to restore stability in the Middle East is finally appreciated and implemented. The hidden intentions of some sisterly and non-sisterly states were also uncovered.”

He said that since the beginning, the Revolution announced that Egyptians do not and will not accept the dominance of any group or section, adding that religion is for God, while the nation is for all forces.

“Egypt refused to succumb to terrorism, whether at the financial or the moral level. The people ordered its police to confront terrorism,” Sisi said.

He said that the revolution also confronted foreign forces that support terrorism and extremism, but did not name those forces.

Last month, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and imposed sanctions on the country for supporting terrorism.

On Friday, the Egyptian president also praised the Egyptians for bearing the difficult decisions that were previously implemented to produce economic reforms in the country.

“I salute the people for bearing the hard measures that we had to take… I am confident in the future,” Sisi said.