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Egypt President urges new religious discourse to fight 'terrorism'.

Summary: Sisi says Egypt's relations with UAE are 'excellent,' and 'will remain special,' during his first official visit to Gulf state.

ABU DHABI - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday said the fight against "terrorism" needs a new Muslim religious discourse in addition to security and military measures.

"The rise in terrorism... requires a thoughtful response from the international community," said Sisi told the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.

"The fight must not only be restricted to security and military aspects... but should include a reformed religious discourse from which false ideologies that could lure some into adopting violence to impose their ideas have been removed," he said.

Egypt and the United Arab Emirates enjoy a close relationship and cooperate in various fields besides military activities.

Gulf security is "a red line" for Egypt, Sisi said, affirming his country's unwavering support for efforts by the UAE "to preserve its national security" and urged "increased" action to "confront all attempts to breach the security of Gulf countries."

Sisi said his country's relations with the United Arab Emirates are "excellent," and "will remain special," during his first official visit to the Gulf state on Sunday.

In an interview with the Abu Dhabi TV Channel, Sisi described Egypt's relationship with the UAE as "strong and balanced since it was founded by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan," the official news agency (WAM) quoted him as saying.

Sheikh Zayed, the UAE's first president, is considered to be the founding father of the federal Gulf state.

Sisi said that UAE President Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Emir of Abu Dhabi and the commander of the Union Defence Force, and his brothers had followed Sheikh Zayed's path and ensured that relations between the UAE and Egypt must always remain special.

"The Egyptian people can talk about these relations better than any official, especially when it comes to talking about Sheikh Zayed and his sons," Sisi added.

He also said that the two countries shared similar views regarding counter-terrorism.

"We share the same view that terrorism is a threat to the nations, to the reputation of the tolerant Islam and to all people."

While dubbing Egypt's stability as key to the region's wider security, Sisi also sought to further attract UAE investment into that country, especially that Cairo is to hold a major economic conference in the coastal Sharm el-Sheikh on March 13.

Sisi, who is going to attend the 2015 World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, also said Emirati investors were eager to set up projects in Egypt after a meeting with them.

The president added that Egypt's investment law, which is currently underway, would help to remove all obstacles and minimize red tape for potential investors.

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Publication:Al-Arab (London, United Kingdom)
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Date:Jan 19, 2015
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