President Abdel Fattah El Sisi held a meeting on Sunday with Speaker of the Senate of Canada George Furey to discuss relations between the two countries.
President El-Sisi greatly appreciated the good treatment of Egyptians in Canada, believing this has helped them effectively integrate into many social, economic and political fields there, said Presidential Spokesman Bassam Radi.
Egypt is keen on promoting the concept of citizenship and the culture of pluralism and acceptance of the Other, Radi quoted El-Sisi as having said.
He told Furey Egypt could serve as a role model in terms of peaceful co-existence in the region, the spokesman added.
The president also talked about Egypt’s efforts to fight terrorism and extremist ideologies, as well as reform the religious discourse.
El-Sisi said Egypt pays particular attention to upgrading the education system and achieving comprehensive economic and social reforms, adding that he is counting on Canada’s support in this regard.
The empowerment of women and youth remains another top priority of Egypt, Radi said, noting that the President informed Furey that women will have 25% of parliamentary seats under the recently amended constitution.
Furey said his country believes Egypt plays a pivotal role in the Middle East region.
He was pleased with President El-Sisi’s leading efforts to counter extremism and terrorism and achieve development.