4 March 2013

Egypt: Qandil: Security of Homeland Is Red Line

Prime Minister Hisham Qandil said on Sunday 3/3/2013 Egypt will never be hungry nor will it go bankrupt, calling on citizens to encourage production to confront the current challenges.

He said the security of Egypt and its people is a red line that can neither be trespassed nor bargained. He said the Ministry of Interior and its men are exerting sincere efforts to maintain security and discipline in the Egyptian street.

In an interview with "Al Ahram" newspaper, Qandil warned against rumors which aim at damaging the society interests adding the Suez Canal will neither be rented nor mortgaged.

He said forcing citizens not to go to their work or to leave workplace by force is not civil disobedience adding strikes and sit-ins have become a heavy burden on the national economy and production.

Qandil called on the leaderships of Al Nour Party to uncover the names of the 12,000 members of Moslem Brotherhood who were appointed in leading state posts. He said membership of Moslem Brotherhood or the Freedom and Justice Party are not the basis of appointment in the government.

Qandil said government is keen to encourage investment adding it has managed to offer solutions to investments worth LE 60 billion adding this has saved 150,000 job opportunities. He said Egypt has immense investment opportunities that could provide much jobs for youth in the near future adding 350,000 job opportunities would be provided for youth before next June.

He said reaching an agreement with the international monetary fund will address a message to the international community that the Egyptian economic framework is stable. He said polices will guarantee the flow of capitals into Egypt and increase employment opportunities.

He described the program put for negotiations with the IMF as purely Egyptian adding the IMF understands the nature of the political and economic stage through which Egypt is passing.

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