Sisi calls for dedicating 2023 to Arab youth

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received the Arab Ministers of Youth and Sports, in the presence of Dr. Ashraf Sobhy, Minister of Youth and Sports.- press photo

CAIRO – May 28, 2022: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi proposed to dedicate the year 2023 to Arab youth, during which activities would be organized alternately between different Arab capitals throughout the year, Egyptian President Bassam Rady’s spokesman said in a statement.

During a meeting with the Arab Ministers of Youth and Sports on the sidelines of the 45th session of their Council in Cairo, in the presence on Saturday of the Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhy, President Sisi also called to examine the possibility of creating a union for the Arab youth to act as a bridge and a platform which contributes to maximizing the interaction between the Arab youth to become familiar with the common factors as well as the cultural specificities of each country, Rady added.

The youth sector represents a fundamental dimension of the national security of countries, and it is very important to develop the understanding and awareness of young people in order to strengthen stability, security and peace as a main objective and to provide factors of progress and success, said President Sissi affirmed.

The President also underlined the importance of the engagement of Arab youth in digital transformation, programming and rapid technological advancements, which have an impact on the future of employment opportunities and therefore the importance of helping young people to keep pace with developments in this area. The president referred to modern technological universities recently established for this purpose in Egypt, Rady continued.

President Sisi affirmed that the energy of the youth is a great potential on which the joint Arab capacities must capitalize in order to protect the Arab youth from extremist ideologies and to prevent them from being inculcated with destructive or false ideas, which would threaten the capacities and the States entity.

The President engaged with Ministers in an open dialogue to exchange views on the various Arab experiences in youth work and how to leverage these experiences to support youth dialogue and provide consultations between youth community frameworks in the Arab world to crystallize the visions of young people to address the challenges they face, the spokesperson said.

The Arab Ministers commended Egypt’s interest, under the leadership of the President, in the areas of youth and sports, including adopting numerous interactive initiatives with young people, and organizing national events and conferences, regional and international organizations in this regard, demonstrating the central role of youth in Egypt’s national development strategy.

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