Imran Khan and Abdel Fatah al-Sisi playing same role against terrorism: Zartaj Gul

Islamabad:  Pakistani Minister of State for Climate Change Miss Zartaj Gul said PM Imran Khan and President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi playing same role against terrorism in national interest.  She said there is a hard need of cooperation between Egyptian and Pakistani students at Azhar University, calling for boosting student exchange between the two countries. She expressed these views in an exclusive interview with start run Middle East News Agency (MENA) during a recent visit of Sharm-El Sheikh where she took parted second edition of the World Youth Forum on the invitation of Egyptian government.

Miss Zartaj Gul said Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi saved his country from terrorism and extremism and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan played the same role of Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in heeding national interests. Zartaj Gul said the two leaders enjoy their people’s love. 

During her visit she met with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and handed him a message from Pakistani Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi. She urged bolstering cooperation between Egypt and Pakistan in various domains, especially in the fields of climate change, security, terrorism, tourism, food security and technology.  She commended the wise democratic leadership in Egypt, noting that the Egyptian people have confidence in their leadership.

Zartaj Gul underlined the importance of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi invitation of all these youths from various world countries to stand on the role they can play in their nations. She lauded the forum as a great event; stressing that empowering youths – the future leaders – should be a key goal. Zartaj Gul extolled Sharm el Sheikh as an example of eco-friendly cities. She also added that she plans to visit Cairo to see tourist and archaeological sites. The third day of the second edition of the World Youth Forum kicked off under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

The second annual edition of the WYF tackled two main axes: peace and development. The forum brought together 5,000 youths represented by 60 delegations from across the world to explore key issues facing their generation, and determine their role in implementing the global development goals and in facing terrorism.  On Nov. 1 and 2, the forum witnessed pre-workshops related to the “agenda 2063: The Africa We Want” and “Empowering Persons with Disabilities: Towards a More Integrated World.”

The opening of the World Youth Theater took place on November 2. The actual discussion sessions were organized on November 4, where participants discussed a number of issues, including differences among cultures and civilizations, the role of world leaders in building and sustaining peace, the role of soft power in countering ideological extremism and terrorism, and Day Zero: Water security in the wake of climate change.

On November 5, the sessions tackled the role of entrepreneurs and start-ups in global economic growth, rebuilding societies and states after conflicts, narrowing the gender gap in the labor market and humanitarian assistance: A global responsibility in the face of challenges. The forum’s closing session and the announcement of the World Youth Forum 2018’s recommendations took placed on Nov. 6.

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