- Le Drian praised Egypt’s efforts, under the leadership of President Sisi, to achieve understanding and dialogue between people of all religions,”
- Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi affirmed "the total rejection of terrorist acts in all their forms, and the refusal to link any religion to acts of violence and extremism.
- Fighting extremism and terrorism is a common battle.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi affirmed “the total rejection of terrorist acts in all their forms, and the refusal to link any religion to acts of violence and extremism, and not to prejudice religious symbols,” while French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stressed that his country respects and appreciates all religions, stressing that French Muslims are a part of France.
“The meeting tackled various issues including joint cooperation within the framework of the strategic bilateral relations between the two friendly countries, as well as reviewing ways to enhance efforts to confront the escalation of extremism and hatred in light of the recent tension between the Islamic world and Europe,” said Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Rady.
“In this regard, Le Drian praised Egypt’s efforts, under the leadership of President Sisi, to achieve understanding and dialogue between people of all religions,” he noted.
Al- Sisi stressed upon his meeting with the French Foreign Minister, the urgent need for concerted efforts to uphold the values of coexistence and tolerance among all religions , and not to prejudice religious symbols.
For his part, Le Drian stressed his country’s respect and appreciation for all religions, and its aspiration to strengthen cooperation and consultation with Egypt to combat the phenomenon of intolerance and extremist ideology that is spreading, referring to his country’s approach to “establishing the values of coexistence, freedom of worship and respect for others.”
The French minister also during his meeting with the Egyptian President, and in the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry, praised Egypt’s efforts to achieve understanding and dialogue between people of all religions.
Earlier on Sunday, Le Drian said in a press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry, that France “has great respect for the Islamic religion,” adding: “This is a message that I will convey to the Sheikh of Al-Azhar. I mentioned that French Muslims are part of France and the French identity. We are fighting, terrorism and extremism. We are not waging this battle alone because terrorism and extremism are against all societies.”
He continued: “The French are aware of this more than others because they have witnessed this in modern history, and here I salute the role of the Egyptian leadership in fighting terrorism and extremism.”
He added, “Fighting extremism and terrorism is a common battle, we defend the freedom to practice Islam and other religions. We are fighting extremism and terrorism and we are working with Egypt on that. Egypt has also been a victim of waves of extremism. We wage battles against extremism while respecting the Islamic religion at the same time.”
With regard to the campaign that spread on social media calling for a boycott of French products, Le Drian condemned it, saying: “Protests against France are sometimes characterized by a kind of hatred that is promoted through social media, knowing that these messages are dangerous.”