Sharm el Sheikh Airport on high alert for Arab-European summit

File- Sharm el Sheikh city hosts Egypt's first World Youth Forum- Hussein Tallal / Egypt TodayCAIRO – 21 February 2019: Egypt’s Sharm el Sheikh International Airport is on high alert in preparation for receiving the high guests and heads of Arab and European countries, who are participating in the upcoming Arab-European summit due on February 24 and 25, said the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation in statement on Thursday.Minister of Civil Aviation directed the airport officials to coordinate with all concerned security and media bodies, the statement added.The first Arab-European summit will be co-chaired by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and President of the European Council Donald Tusk.On February 18, Sisi said that “Sharm El-Sheikh conference is a key step towards more cooperation that will be followed by other steps,” adding that the instability of some Arab countries led to the illegal migration to Europe.According to a statement issued by the EU, leaders from both sides will seek to strengthen Arab-European ties. They will also address a wide range of issues and common challenges, such as multilateralism, trade and investment, migration, security and the situation in the region.The meeting is expected to start on Sunday, February 24 and end with a press conference on Monday, February 25. It will take place in the International Congress Centre in Sharm El-Sheikh.Ambassador of the European Union to Egypt Ivan Surkos told Egypt Today on Wednesday that trade, investment, immigration and security will be among the top priority issues to be discussed during the upcoming Arab-European summit. He added that the cooperation between the European Union, the Arab league, European Council and the European Commission will enhance communication between the European and Arab regions and will boost stability in both regions.Surkos said that the summit will be a great opportunity to discuss several issues and challenges of mutual interest, especially illegal immigration and terrorism.The conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Libya will also be on the discussion table during the summit, along with the climate change challenge.On February 18, Sisi announced that the upcoming Arab-European summit will be a good platform to hold more discussions on the illegal migration file.Egypt and the European Union held several discussions to reach a deal to curb the illegal migration phenomenon as it was reported by Financial Times and Anadolu Agency. Therefore, according to the statement, the Arab-European Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh would be an important step and opportunity in that direction, and will be followed by many steps.As for terrorism, the Egyptian president affirmed that he was the first president of an Islamic country to demand reforming the religious speech, especially that many countries suffer from extreme religious speeches, the matter which the whole world must become aware of.President Sisi also demanded the international community to deal strictly with the misuse of social media platforms and modern communication means to recruit new militias and harm the world.“In Egypt, we are all citizens, no difference between a Muslim and a Christian, as we are all brothers,” the president said, pointing out to the establishment of the biggest cathedral in the Middle East in the New Administrative Capital.

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February 21, 2019 11:37 UTC

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