The Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi enjoyed a warm support from his American counterpart, Donald Trump, during a meeting they hold on the sidelines of the UN Assembly.
Presidents, Prime ministers, heads of government and ministers of foreign affairs converged at the world’s most prominent diplomatic stage amid crises ranging from the explosive security situation in the Middle East to the climate change. In the North African region, the Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi enjoyed a warm support from Donald Trump.
President Trump sees Al-Sisi as a “highly respected leader”
“Egypt has a great leader, he’s highly respected, he’s brought order”. U.S President Donald Trump vigorously backed his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi, during a meeting they held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on September the 23th.
Asked about late Friday’s demonstrations in Cairo and some other Egyptian cities, Trump minimised “these small protests” and stated that he was “not worried about it”.
Al-Sisi blamed the latest protests on Islamists, and his Interior Ministry said six members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood had been killed in a shootout with Egyptian police near Cairo.
In his speech to the UN General Assembly, Al-Sisi reiterated his country’s readiness to intensify its international cooperation and its coordination with the United Nations with regard to addressing terrorism. He also asked the UN to remove Sudan from the list of states sponsoring terrorism in recognition to the positive transformation it has achieved and to help the Sudanese economy regain its competitiveness.
Al-Sisi took a step forward to bury the hatchet with the Ethiopians about the Nile dispute, stating that his country is still hoping to reach an agreement to achieve the common interests of the people of the Blue Nile.
Sisi further referred to the prolonged crisis in Yemen, warning about the “interference of non-Arab regional parties [that] seek to undermine Arab national security”.
North Africa at the 74rd UN Summit
- In his opening speech, Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, paid tribute to late President Beji Cid Essebsi. “While Tunisie mourns passing of the President, Tunisians should be proud of his legacy”.
- In his speech, Morocco’s Prime Minister Saadeddine El Othmani said that his country is committed to a renewed and efficient multilateral diplomacy with an interactive approach with global issues, with realism and efficiency. He also recalled the “deplorable situation” of the populations of the Tindouf camps, reiterating his call to the international community to bring the host country to register the populations of these camps and to guarantee their fundamental rights.
- Sabri Boukadoum, the Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, had an intense activity in New York during the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, during which he met with several of his counterparts from Turkey, Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Italy and Niger. The main subjects of these meetings were the latest developments in Libya, Yemen, the Sahel Region, the Western Sahara and the Northern Mali conflict.