This month, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi addressed the World Youth Forum’s opening and closing sessions in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Inaugurating the Forum, President El Sisi dedicated the meeting of young leaders from around the world “in the name of humanity, and to a world full of hope and peace.”
According to Ahram Online, President El Sisi also highlighted comments made earlier at the opening session by Yazidi human rights activist and Nobel peace prize laureate Nadia Murad in which she expressed solidarity with Egypt in its war against terror. President El Sisi stated, “I tell Nadia, that the first recommendation of the Forum would be a call on the world to acknowledge the crimes committed by Daesh and terrorist organizations.”
For more, please see the Ahram Online article below.
President Sisi inaugurates Second World Youth Forum in Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh
Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi gave a short speech at the opening session of the Second World Youth Forum in Sharm El Sheikh on Saturday to inaugurate the event and welcome the attendees.
The president inaugurated the forum “in the name of humanity, and to a world full of hope and peace’.
El-Sisi applauded comments made earlier in the evening at the opening session by Yazidi human rights activist and Nobel peace prize winner Nadia Murad, where she condemned terrorist organisations and expressed solidarity with Egypt in its war against terrorism.
“I tell Nadia, that the first recommendation of the forum would be a call on the world to acknowledge the crimes committed by Daesh and terrorist organisations,” he said.
Some 5,000 young people from 145 countries are expected to attend this year’s edition of the forum.
The event, which is organised by Egypt is held under the auspices of the Egyptian president.
Many of the attendees held their country’s flag as they waited for the opening ceremony to kick off.
This year, the forum’s events will revolve around a vision inspired by The Seven Pillars of the Egyptian Identity, a book by Milad Hanna written for the purpose of emphasising the unity and harmony of Egyptian society despite divergences and differences, according to the forum’s official website.
Hany Milad Hanna, the son of the late Coptic writer, gave the opening remarks at the forum.
Hanna stressed that his father believed in the importance of respecting religious pluralism in society, considering it the foundation of a civil state governed by citizenship rights.
He said his father’s message to the youths of today, who are strained by divisions and conflicts, would be one of accepting one another and honouring diversity.
Yazidi Murad also spoke at the podium, condemning a Friday terrorist attack which killed seven Copts and injured 10 others in Upper Egypt’s Minya.
Murad was kidnapped by the Islamic State group with around 1,000 other Yazidi women and children from their village of Kojo in the Sinjar district of northern Iraq in 2014. She later escaped.
“Terrorist attacks can’t be justified under any religion or belief,” Murad said, also citing Islamic State group terror attacks in Syria and Iraq.
She also spoke of sufferings faced by Yazidis under Daesh.
El-Sisi had met Murad in 2015, when he said none of the sufferings faced by Murad and her people have a relation to Islam and vowed to support the people of Iraq.
“Evil never prevails,” Murad said, quoting El-Sisi’s words to her during their meeting.
Jayathma Wickramanayake, who currently serves as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, was also among the speakers on the forum’s first day.
Wickramanayake thanked El-Sisi for his participation and patronage of the forum, as well as listening to all in regards to different topics.
She said that eliminating poverty, climate change, and accomplishing security and societal peace are all important issues set to be discussed as part of the forum’s agenda.
She also pointed to the importance of innovation by young people as a key element to speed development, and voiced her support for empowering women and children and Egypt.
“We call for the empowerment of youths as an investment in any country is one made through its youths,” she concluded.
Zondwa Mandela, the grandson of the late South African leader Nelson Mandela, spoke during the forum on his family’s legacy of peace.
“I am here to encourage you not to limit the scope or scale of your dreams,” he said.