CAIRO, April 15, 2016 (Xinhua) -- A protestor holds a placard during a demonstration protesting against the Egyptian government's decision to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia in front of the Journalists Syndicate in Cairo, Egypt on April 15, 2016. Hundreds of Egyptians gathered Friday afternoon outside the press syndicate in Cairo to protest against Egypt's recent official transfer of two controversial islands to Saudi Arabia. (Xinhua/Ahmed Gomaa)
CAIRO, April 24 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi stressed on Sunday that his government will never give up any inch of Egypt's lands and "will take all measures to preserve homeland and develop it," state-run MENA news agency reported.
"I assure everyone that the state institutions and the armed forces understand the importance of preserving our nation's territories," said the president.
Sisi made the remarks in his speech ahead of the 34th anniversary of the Sinai Liberation Day which marks the 1982 withdrawal of Israeli occupation forces from the Sinai Peninsula.
He said restoring Sinai by war and negotiations represents a magnificent epic manifesting the importance of preserving Egyptian lands.
"Restoring Sinai and then Taba was a great manifestation of the integration of Egyptian military, diplomatic and legal capabilities," the Egyptian president said.
Sisi's speech came days after Egypt's official transfer of two controversial islands to his oil-rich ally Saudi Arabia.
The move has triggered criticism against Sisi and his government, with calls for mass nationwide anti-government demonstrations on the national day for Sinai Liberation which falls on Monday.
"Any right should be protected by force and certainly needs a wise mind capable of making the best use of state tools to preserve national security and fully bring back usurped rights," he stressed.
CAIRO, April 15 (Xinhua) -- Hundreds of Egyptians gathered Friday afternoon outside the press syndicate in Cairo to protest against Egypt's recent official transfer of two controversial islands to Saudi Arabia.
The protesters chanted slogans against giving up what they believe to be "Egyptian territory" to the oil-rich Kingdom, claiming the Egyptian leadership gave up Tiran and Sanafir islands in return for Saudi aid.Full story
CAIRO, April 17 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said Sunday that "people of evil" are currently attempting to isolate Egypt and ruin its institutions, stressing terrorism seeks to destabilize the most populous Arab country.
"They launch accusations against the Egyptian police and the Egyptian judiciary to ruin them and also try to raise suspicion about the freely-elected parliament," Sisi told reporters in a join press conference with visiting French president Francois Hollande at the presidential palace in Cairo. Full story