Egypt’s Sisi: We Must All Fight Terrorism
While human rights groups denounce Egypt for the manner in which it suppresses the jihadists (Muslim Brotherhood) in its own country, Egyptian President Sisi asserts that the fight against international Islamic militancy is one the world must counter together. Whether one agrees with his domestic tactics, Sisi is that rare Middle East leader whose heart seems to be in the right place in matters of counter-jihad. Sisi denounced Islamic militancy in a January 1, 2015 speech BEFORE MIDDLE EASTERN ISLAMIC CLERICS that received minimal attention in the mainstream western media. That same speech was seen as an affront in the world of Militant Islam. When a man who is not afraid to speak out against our common enemy speaks out even more, we should probably listen:
DAVOS (Reuters) – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called on world leaders gathered at the World Economic Forum on Thursday to unite against the global threat of terrorism.
Sisi, leader of the most populous Arab country, has repeatedly called for concerted efforts to counter militancy in the Middle East and the West.
Egypt, which has wide influence in the Arab world, has fought Islamist militancy for decades, mostly through security crackdowns, which have weakened radical groups but not eliminated them.
“The whole world, not just Muslims, needs to stand and review many points that provoke the feelings of others,” said Sisi. “We should provide a proper environment for respecting religion.”
As army chief, Sisi overthrew elected Islamist president Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013.
Egypt, a strategic ally of the United States, is also confronting Islamist insurgents based in the Sinai Peninsula who support Islamic State, the group that seized large parts of Iraq and Syria.
In Davos, Sisi reiterated that Egypt was serious about making life easier for foreign investors, who are vital for strengthening an economy battered by turmoil since a popular uprising toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011.