1 February 2013

Egypt: President Morsy - Nation in Need of All Its Sons to Achieve Development

President Mohamed Morsy arrived home on Thursday 31/01/2013 after a brief visit to Germany that came upon the invitation of Chancellor Angela Merkel. The Morsy-Merkel talks mainly focused on economic issues and tourist and investment attraction to Egypt.

Morsy further opened the Egyptian-German Businessmen Forum grouping 260 Businessmen from both sides and met German Bundestag Speaker Norbert Lammert and a number of Parliament committee heads.

He also met representatives of the Egyptian community in Germany at the Egyptian embassy in Berlin.

During his snap visit to Germany, the President was accompanied by a high-ranking delegation, grouping Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Ashraf el-Arabi, Industry and Trade Minister Hatem Saleh and Tourism Minister Hisham Zazou.

The delegation also groups Presidential Assistant for Foreign Affairs Essam el-Haddad, Presidential Advisor for Egyptian Expatriates' Affairs Ayman Ali, Presidential Spokesman Yasser Ali, as well as Banque du Caire Board Chairman Mohamed Barakat.

Morsy stressed that the country is in need of all efforts of its sons, whether inside or outside, to achieve long-hoped-for development and progress.

Egyptian expatriates can benefit their country and they do not have to come to Egypt but they can use modern communications tools to be useful to their homeland, Morsy said at a meeting with the Egyptian community in Germany.

"We want everyone to have a role in building modern Egypt either by presenting new ideas or experience or taking part in development projects," Morsy said.

Egypt wants new projects in the domains of infrastructure, nanotechnology, solar and wind energy, shore protection, tourism and mining, he added.

Morsy lauded the big money transfers made by Egyptian expatriates to boost the Egyptian economy, saying they totaled $19 billion dollar by the end of 2012.

This sum could rise to 30 billion dollars if only 3 million Egyptians transferred 10,000 dollars each, Morsy noted.

These sums back cash reserves and will be channeled into investment projects, he said.

"Our economy is strong despite allegations that it is waning," Morsy said. He promised to quickly settle problems of Nubians and offer necessary compensations for lands taken away from them.

As for the Interior Ministry, Morsy said developing such a vital apparatus could not be realized overnight but it certainly needs time. He added that most protests against the police are because of what they used to be in the past namely a symbol of injustice and oppression but no country can live without police securing their life.

Morsy dismissed as groundless reports saying that Coptic girls in Egypt are being abducted on a daily basis. Morsy urged the Egyptian expatriate who asked the question to provide him with information about certain cases, promising to follow up them personally if they turned to be true.

"Once again, I stress that Copts are partners to Muslims and have the same rights and duties," he said.

Morsy promised to discuss with German officials the possibility of amending regulations that oblige Egyptians seeking the German nationality to first drop their original nationality.

Morsy has stressed that Germany succeeded in building a democratic system, based on political pluralism and circulation of power and overcame many challenges.

Egyptians' pride of achievements they made is the source of their self-confidence, Morsy said during a meeting with a number of German researchers, intellectuals at Korber Foundation, a biggest strategic research center in Germany.

He said the Egyptian revolution and other uprisings in the region are the product of genuine national moves expressing aspirations of the peoples.

The Egyptian leader - during the get-together - stressed the respect for freedoms, rights of women and beliefs.

Morsy tackled accomplishments made in Egypt over the past seven months since assuming his post.

Among these achievements was Egypt's endorsement of the new constitution, a milestone in the democratic transition process in the country for the constitution constitutes a main document separating authorities, fighting corruption and achieving equality among Egyptians, Morsy said.

Egypt has made strides in restoring its leverage and role worldwide, he said.

Internationally and regionally speaking, Morsy said Arab Spring revolutions can not be reviewed without mentioning the Palestinian revolution, started decades ago.

All should have a role in settling the Palestinian issue and achieving just peace in the region, Morsy added.

On Syria, he said it is important to stop bloodshed in Syria and exert more efforts to unify Syrian opposition.

Dialogue is also essential, Morsy said, adding that research centers in Germany and Egypt as well play a pivotal role in boosting dialogue between the two countries.

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