Al-Sisi discusses Qatar crisis with German officials in Berlin

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President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi held meetings Tuesday during his visit to Berlin alongside his participation in the G20 Africa Partnership Conference, according to the presidency spokesperson.

Al-Sisi met with German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel, where both sides discussed ways of countering terrorism. The Egyptian president said that the fight against militancy should not be limited to military intervention, but should include other administrative steps like reforming religious rhetoric, improving education, and freezing the assets of its sources.

The presidential spokesperson added that the German foreign minister spoke highly of the bilateral relations between the two countries. The two sides also discussed the cutting of diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar, as well as the political situation and conflict in Libya.

Al-Sisi met majority leader of the German parliament Volker Kauder and assured him that Egypt’s government was prepared to make use of the strong relationship between their countries to further enhance economic and political agreements. The president said that the economic programme of the Egyptian government aims to apply major reforms to fix economic problems and apply sustainable development.

The spokesperson said that Kauder praised the Egyptian government’s efforts to apply development in different sectors of the economy and counter terrorism. The discussions also covered the political affairs of other countries and methods to counter terrorism and illegal immigration.

Al-Sisi stated that Egypt will continue to fight extremism and work on cutting funding towards such organisations. The pair also discussed different initiatives in the fields of education and technical training.

 

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