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tv   Egyptian President Remarks at United Nations General Assembly  CSPAN  September 24, 2017 11:45am-12:09pm EDT

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the ends of the earth. happy new year. shanah tovah from israel. thank you. [applause] >> on behalf of the general assembly, i thank the prime minister for the statement just made. happy new year. shanah tovah. i request protocol to escort his excellent sleep. >> members of the human general assembly also heard from the egypt on tuesday. he discussed the conflict between israel and the palestinian people. his remarks came just two hours after he met with benjamin netanyahu. this is 25 minutes. bywe will hear an address
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his excellency abdel fattah al-sisi, president of the arab republic of egypt. i request protocol to escort his excellency. [applause] >> on behalf of the general assembly i have the honor to open to the united nations is excellency abdel fattah al-sisi, president of the arab republic of egypt and invite him to address the assembly. >> thank you, mr. president. in the name of god the compassionate the merciful mr. president of the general
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assembly. allow me at the outset to congratulate you for assuming the presidency of the 72nd session of the united nations general assembly. inish you all the success carrying out your duties. i also seize this opportunity to express the utmost appreciation to mr. peter thompson, the president of the 71st session of the general assembly who has most ably overseeing the work of the session. mr. president, every time we meet at this august body we returned to the hopes and whomations of the people we are honored to represent and serve. to provide them with peace and development. to us toations look up realize their dreams for a decent life within a fair international order. a global order that can face challenges such as climate change natural disasters disease
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and epidemics as well as other man-made crises such as wars terrorism and the huge discrepancies in the distribution of resources and development opportunities. it is evident that the principles of the united nations are still valid as a basis for a anld that offers everyone opportunity to benefit from great strides in scientific advancement, economic development as well as of the data revolution which has brought societies ever more closer in an unprecedented manner. these developments offer great potential for establishing a secure national order based on the right to development, freedom and progress and open interactions between people. egypt we adamantly believe in the values of the united nations and the purposes of its charter. we have great confidence that
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realizing these values is not only possible but rather an obligation and a necessity. egypt's long-standing involvement with the u.n. growth as a founding member of the united nations that has been elected to the security council six times in the seventh largest contributor to peacekeeping operations worldwide this involvement bears witness to our to build a world that is worthy of the aspirations of our children and grandchildren to live in freedom. dignity, security and prosperity. however, the responsibility that we bear necessitates that we crank in saying that this world is possible which still remains unfortunately far
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from reality. we are still unable to present -- prevent armed conflict or confront terrorism. or disarm nuclear weapons and address the structural imbalance is in the international economic order which have widened the gap developed and developing worlds. based on the experiences of the african and arab regions i can state with a clear conscience that these experiences summarize the current crisis of the international order and its inability to developed and developing deliver on the goals of this organization. the arab region has today become an epicenter for some of the most vicious civil conflicts in recent human history. is the most vulnerable region to the dangers posed by
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terrorism. one out of every three refugees in the world today is an arab. the mediterranean sea has become a conduit for irregular migrants from asian and african states who are fleeing the scourge of civil strife as whole as the despair of economic and social hardships. this is reflected in the arab region report on multidimensional poverty conducted by the league of eric states in collaboration with the united nations. the report will be issued tomorrow. each of the graphical home africa lies at the heart of egypt's foreign policy. it is in africa that are historic roots lie in it is from africa that we derive the pride in our identity and deep sense of belonging. this continent has also become subject to the same security the arab region and constitutes a major example
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of the crisis in the current international economic order which perpetuates poverty and economic disparity. will order bears major responsibility in the economic political and social crisis that has threatened international peace and stability rendering any discussion on sustainable development without evidence from reality. mr. president, egypt is therefore encircled by the most dangerous crises in the world. it is our destiny to navigate confidently through these unprecedented dangers of relying on an ambitious development strategy based on radical and .conomic reforms reforms aimed before anything at empowering the youth who represent the majority of the population not only in egypt but also in most of the societies of
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the arab countries and in the developing world. in a world that is interconnected complex and full of challenges that cannot be confronted by any country alone regardless of its capabilities it is natural for egypt's ambitious development plans to correlate with an active foreign policy. such a strategy of foreign policy is guarded by the principlesished engraved in our heritage and culture and abide by the legal principles of the international system which agent has actively participated in formulating. it is based on a vision to thatss the shortcomings have prevented the realization of the objectives of the united nations. our mission is based on the following five main principles and priorities. solution only possible to the crises afflicting the is through upholding
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persistently the notion of the modern nationstate which is based on the principles of citizenship, equality, rule of law and human rights. and thereby defeating any attempt of relapsing into doctrine of sectarian ethnic or tribal loyalties. past towards reform inevitably passes through the realization of the nationstate and cannot be built on its demise. its principal in summary lies at the core of egypt's foreign policy and it is the foundation on which we think our positions on addressing the crises in our region. with regards to syria we believe there would be no salvation for through apt consensual political solution amongst all syrians at the core of which is the preserving the unity of the syrian states. the maintenance of its broadenings and political and social base to include all sections of society
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and to decisively confront terrorism until it is defeated. the way to this solution is through the u.n. negotiation process which enjoys strong theort from egypt strong as rejection with which we face -- to establish zones of influence or carry out the subversive policies of some regional parties. practices have caused great suffering to our region over the last two years. it is now high time for a final and decisive confrontation with these practices. that -- is the only viable solution to the crisis in libya. to face attempts to dismantle the state. i clearly emphasized that egypt will not allow the continuation of attempts to tamper with the unity and integrity of the
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libyan state or to undermine the capabilities of the libyan people. we will continue to work diligently with the united nations to achieve a political on the agreement which is inspired by the recommendations agreed upon by the libyans. the recommendations that came out of their consecutive meetings in cairo during the last months. the aim is to end the political stalemate and revive the settlement process in the country. logic applies to egypt strategy in iraq and yemen. only way to overcome the crises is a unified capable and just modern nationstate and it's the way to realize the aspirations of the arab people. it is time for a comprehensive and final settlement to the longest standing crisis in the arab region namely the question which is a clear
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depiction of the international community's inability to implement a long series of united stations and -- nations and security council resolutions. the closure of this chapter basedh a fair settlement on established international norms and establishing an independent palestinian state along the 1967 borders with east jerusalem and its capital is a necessary precondition for the entire region to transition to us age of stability and development. this is also necessary to restore the credibility of the united states and the international order. achieving peace will eliminate one of the main excuses that terrorism has been manipulated to justify its proliferation in the region. it will guarantee dignified life for the peoples of the region. it is time to permanently overcome the barrier of hatred forever. i would like to underscore here that the arabs still expend their hands in peace.
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egypt's experience proves that peace is possible and is a realistic objectives that we should all continue to pursue with all seriousness. president before i to steermy statement off script for a moment and direct a call to everyone who is concerned by this issue. audience is palestinian people. i tell the palestinian people is extremely important to unite the hind a goal and to overcome the differences and not to lose opportunities and to be ready to with theexistence other. with the israelis in safety and security and and security. achieve safety and security for all. my call to thet israeli people. we have an excellent experience in egypt in peace with you.
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for longer than 40 years, we can repeat of this experience and this excellent step once again. the security of the israeli citizens together with the peace and security of the palestine he citizens. [applause] my call is to stand behind your political leadership and to support and not hesitate. i am addressing israeli public opinion. do not hesitate. we are all with you for the success of this intent. this opportunity may not repeat itself. is to allall peaceloving nations and stability loving nations. all air of states -- all arab
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states. this excellent endeavor. to all the nations of the world, stand behind this attempt that, if successful, will change the shape of history. and i address the american leadership -- we have an opportunity to write a new page in humanity's history, to achieve peace in this region. [applause] with out -- can -- this should be approached in a matter that eradicates terrorism and its causes. anything that offers its political or media channels the
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safe haven. there is no reason -- there is no room for serious discussion on the good ability of a system that applies a double standard. discussions onn how to eliminate a threat that they created in the first place. be truthful and grateful to the members of different international alliances, we must address the questions. those --sually made by we will not allow our people's sacrifices to be lost in vain under any circumstance. we in the muslim world must face our reality and work together to rectify misconstrued notions, which have become an ideological pretext for terrorism and its destructive discourse. as you may recall, egypt has
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launched an initiative to rectify religious discourse in order to revive the true and tolerant values of islam. religious institutions are currently engaged in this process in coordination with relevant international entities worldwide. egypt, which is currently engaged in unrelenting battle to eradicate terrorism, is committed to track, confront, and eliminate terrorism decisively wherever it exists. that confronting terrorism has been out the forefront of egypt's priorities during its membership of this security council. also our priority during our chairmanship of the counterterrorism committee. this was not only in defense of egypt's future but in defense of the future of the international community as a whole.
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for information of the root causes of international crises and the sources of threat to international stability, necessitates the operation of the responsibilities of members of the international communities. this will allow narrowing the developing nations. how can the united nations, the agenda of 2030, and the sustainable goals have any credibility when the international order is responsible for augmenting disparities in a matter inconsistent with the values of justice and inequality? how can there be opportunity for less developed countries, to implement fundamental economic reforms to address the mismanagement of their resources without addressing the imbalances in the international economic order? this requires involving developing countries more in the
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shortage or of international economic governance and facilitating their access easier financing as well as markets and technology transfer. , settling disputes in our world today can only be achieved through respect for the prince pulls of international law and negotiation on the basis of legal and moral principles as well as respect to sovereignties of states and the principle of nonintervention in internal affairs. after more than seven decades have elapsed since the establishment of the united nations, zero-sum gains cannot remain. today's world is based on mutual dependence among nations, where horizons exist to achieve common interests for all. raised on the aforementioned principles, egypt has been at the forefront of countries that have been keen on initiating the nile basin initiative in 1999.
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we addressed the renaissance dam issue in a manner that establishes a clear legal framework to manage the issue in accordance with international law and excel trust -- established norms. and based on the well-established rule of governing nations sharing transboundary rivers all over the world, this agreement remains the legal framework that can be a reflection of the corporation and sharing between the three parties, as long as good faith exists. this is important to implement the agreement in light of the pressing time. not lose the opportunity of presenting a successful model for the management of relations between three sisterly countries in the nile basin. our meeting today in this august body is an opportunity for truthful self reflection, way we
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should admit the shortcomings of the international system to deliver the noble objectives and aspirations it was set up to realize. an opportunity to renew our commitment to establish a more international order, given that the attainment of justice globally remains a necessary condition to confront the immense challenges that impact our world today and that threaten the credibility of our international systems. the humanitarian tragedy facing myanmarngya minority in presents the international community of its moral obligation, in legal response ability as affected in the u.n. charter. a solutionk towards that addresses the root causes of the crisis, which has been -- become a threat. let us move together to empower the people of this world to
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regain control of their destinies and to explore new horizons between members of the international community. let us transcend the vicious circle of narrow interests and the futile logic of power politics to the broader horizons of common human is just -- interests among all. let us feature to ourselves and and all polarizing policies. the world is in dire need of upholding our common human interest. it is incumbent upon all states to strive to further relations with all partners without offending anyone. president, was egypt's message that i have conveyed you today, exquisitely and clearly. i am full of hope that our joint efforts during the upcoming period will succeed in realizing a better world, which is more secure, stable, and prosperous. thank you. long live egypt. long live egypt. long live egypt.
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may the peace of god be upon you. [applause] >> on behalf of the general assembly, i wish to thank the president of the republic of egypt. may i request representatives to remain seated while we greet the head of states. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> wednesday at the u.n. general assembly, the iranian president responded to trump's assertion that the nuclear deal with iran was bad for the u.s. this is about 25 minutes. >>

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